Never Walk Alone

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Western society applauds the idea of individualism. We tell one to “pick yourself up” or another “sometimes you have to do it alone.” Sadly, our quick words leave a lasting impression that leads all of us into the dark place of isolation. To make matters worse, it is the opposite of what God intends.

In the Garden, the only thing that wasn’t “good” was that man was alone. God made us for relationship. We function best in community with others and being united in Christ. Marriages, families, churches – we all are stronger when the one who walks with us is there to show us the loving, graceful hand of the Father reaching to pick us up when we’ve stumbled or failed. On the other hand, we are a people greatly to be pitied who have no one to help us up when we’re down simply because we replaced God’s plan with the Western world’s lone-ranger mentality.

God built us to thrive on relationship. We not only need to be in constant relationship with Him, but we also need to have relationship with other followers of Jesus Christ. We will indeed fall, but we should not wonder whether or not someone will be there to extend a helping hand. May we follow Christ and never walk alone.

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