Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 (NLT)
I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun. This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all meaningless and depressing. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Meditation Thought: What sort of people are in my current relationships? Do they help me and minister to me? Do I help and minister to them?
Prayer: God, I need to evaluate my current relationships. Give me wisdom and discernment to know if the people in my relationships minister to me and bless me … and help me to know if I minister and bless them. God, I may need to make some hard decisions. Help me to make them! Give me the wisdom to surround myself with people who will help me, and whom I can help. And God, cure my loneliness as well, by giving me people I can support and bless. If “two can stand back-to-back and conquer,” and if a “triple-braided cord is not easily broken,” then give me these people, and deliver me to people who need me. Give me those who can hold me accountable, and who will always lead our relationship back to You.