Two Better Than One

February 9, 2021 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Life Topics

By Carin LeRoy –

Living in the tropics can have its challenges. When my husband and I lived there, we endured heat that hovered each day in the high 90s in the shade, with an equally high humidity. After awhile, we adjusted to the extreme temperature. If the thermometer dropped into the 70s, I’d run to put on a sweater.

On one of our vacations, we went to the highlands area to enjoy different scenery and a cooler climate. Once we settled in, the mountain town had a cold snap. (By “cold,” I mean temperatures in the 40s-50s!). The change in temperature shocked our system. Since we weren’t equipped with clothes to keep us warm, we put on several layers and crawled in the twin beds of our rented room. Neither of us could stay warm that night, so we ended up keeping each other warm by squeezing into the same bed. My husband’s feet were so cold, he even slept with his shoes on!That is a night neither of us will forget as we shivered through the night.

Ecclesiastes 4:11 says, “if two lie down together, they will keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?” That night we experienced the literal interpretation of that verse. This passage in Ecclesiastes starts out by saying that “two are better than one.” This simple principle applies to all areas of life. The church, the body of Christ, is a perfect example of God’s expectations for His people. We are not meant to exist alone, but together. God creates us to live in community.

The first thing God did for Adam was to create Eve – a help mate and companion. When Christ used the disciples to build the early church, they often traveled in pairs on their missionary journeys. We may feel we can tackle something on our own, but there are times we might accomplish much more for the Lord by working together with others. Even the apostle Paul requested Mark’s help to come out and assist him in the work (II Timothy 4:11).

Remember that God created the body of Christ for our benefit and for His glory. Let’s learn to utilize each other’s strengths and rely on one another.

PRAYER: Lord, thank You that you have created us to live in community. Help me to be sensitive to know when others need my help. Give me a willingness to rely on others and utilize their strength when I need it.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up! But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? Though one be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easy broken,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV).

About Carin LeRoy

Today's devotional is by Carin LeRoy, wife to Dale and mother of three grown children and one almost-grown teenager. She has been a missionary with Pioneers since 1982. Her passions are family, missions, piano, and writing to challenge others to live faithful lives for God.
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