Who Helps You? – DAY #20: Firm Foundation October 21-Day Devotional

Friday, October 27, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

  Who Helps You?

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

This is great wisdom from Solomon, a man who experienced the heights of wisdom and the depths of foolishness. This was advice offered during his wisdom stage of life.

"Two are better than one"
We obviously have to take responsibility for ourselves and do the things that we're supposed to do. But working with others is always better than working alone, especially for difficult tasks. I remember a time when even the great Michael Jordan would score 50 points in a basketball game and the team would still lose. No matter how good one is, a team will defeat him. In life, the opposing team we face is a combination of circumstances, unhelpful people, the devil, and most of all, our own bad habits.

"Woe to him who is alone when he falls"
The thing about burning bridges (relationships) is that when you need a bridge (people) over troubled water, you won't have one to cross. We don't build relationships just so that we can pull on people when we have a need. The idea is simply to serve others. God will see to it that help will come when you need it. You must then have the courage to ask for help.

"One may be overpowered by another"
We are out-matched at times. We are sometimes dealing with circumstances beyond our understanding and control. The healthy thing to do is to have enough self-awareness to realize that you are outmatched and need to reach out for help.

"A threefold cord is not quickly broken"
A rope is strong because it is not one strand, but many strands woven together. Never underestimate the power of getting help from people who know what they're doing. Sometimes that's the hard part, finding someone who really knows how to help. A mentor of mine used to say, "If you don't know, don't help me."
However, don't procrastinate and make the mistake of thinking there's no one "good enough" to help you. One of the reasons we serve God is to gain wisdom and be led by His Spirit.

In conclusion: From the words of my late mother, "Now, what are YOU going to do?"

REFLECTION QUESTION: Who are the people who can, or should, help you? Write those names down or get recommendations.



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