Words from the Heart for Monday November 27th, 2017
One person could be overpowered. But two people can stand up for themselves. And a rope made out of three cords isn’t easily broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIRV)
When we commit to each and to Him, we will go so much farther. We often advise people to use the “buddy system.” This is actually a spiritual principle found in this Book of Ecclesiastes. If you have the tendency to be a loner and not establish God-directed dependency, then you place yourself at risk. We are made to serve the Lord in company with each other. We are called a “family.”
In the words of a CBC report this past spring, cable TV cord-cutting in Canada is expected to accelerate. 2016 saw a decline of 220,000 traditional TV subscribers in 2016. Convergence said it expects another 247,000 to cut their cords this year. By the end of 2016, an estimated 3.8 million Canadian households, or about 26 per cent, did not have a traditional TV subscription with a cable or satellite TV provider — up from 3.43 million at the end of 2015.
The Lord has given us the gift of each other. How often have we needed someone else to come alongside so we don’t face a challenge alone, and the Lord has provided a family member or friend at exactly the right time. In the most intimate of relationships, God provides a life partner who becomes one with us in the mystery of marriage. There is a verse in the Bible that describes this and adds something interesting. Ecclesiastes 4:12: “One person could be overpowered. But two people can stand up for themselves. And a rope made out of three cords isn’t easily broken.” The principle of two becoming one, of two helping each be stronger than they would have been alone, is a principle of the Kingdom of God. As is the final statement here. Because when the two are in Christ, there is the promise of God’s abiding presence – the rope of three cords. God’s presence, intertwined between the two, keeps the relationship secure. If your desire is for a strong marriage, invite the Lord Jesus to be the centre, the third strand in the cord that is your intertwined lives.
These have been words from the heart.