Words from the Heart for Thursday June 16, 2016
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV)
A Cord of Three Strands
There is safety in numbers. Sometimes what we need is one person who has our back and is working with us and for us. Do you have that person in your life? Are you that person for someone else?
The Canada Cord is the highest achievement that a Pathfinder can attain. The Pathfinders are the Girl Guides of Canada program for girls between 12 and 14 years of age. The Canada Cord is not an easy achievement to reach. Pathfinders participants must complete five steps before earning the honour. The modules include one in which participants earn badges, while others include community service activities and first-aid. There is also a leadership and camping component in which girls are expected to complete three camps or events before earning Canada Cord-eligibility. The girls are allowed to take three years to complete the requirements for the Cord, and because of amount of work necessary, some groups can go years without the Cord being presented. The presentation is often made with dignitaries and local political leaders present. It’s a big deal!
The Bible is filled with references to the need we have to be in relationship with others. We are not created to be alone in this world. When God created Adam He noticed that it wasn’t good for man to be alone, so He created woman. There are many other examples in the Bible about friendships and other relationships. There is the friendship of David and Jonathan and the marriage of Mary and Joseph. There is Paul mentoring Timothy and brothers Peter and Andrew, James and John. The power of two is critical if we are going to live a life that honours the Lord and walk in victory day by day. But there is more. Ecclesiastes 4 speaks about the power of two and how they can help each other up when one falls. Then it goes on to say, in verse 12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” The Bible is correct, of course, when it speaks of the importance of two. But the power of three is even greater. The implication here is that the Lord is the third cord here and when He is, things hold together. If you are involved in a marriage that is struggling, invite Jesus Christ to be Lord of your marriage and He will hold it together. The Lord holds all things together, and He will keep your life together if you will allow Him to.
These have been words from the heart.