Published on April 9th, 2012 | by adam curran0
Last weekend, Alli and I made the dreaded drive down I-35 to Austin for a long weekend. We went to see my mom and spend time with our good friends from my hometown. We took Sadie to Zilker Park and rode the train, which I have not done since I was about ten years old. Throughout the weekend, spending time with good friends, I was reminded of how God provided them for me a long time ago during some of the more difficult times in my childhood.
Pictured above, I met Scott, Jason and Dave all in the elementary school. We always have a great time reconnecting and rehashing the same old stories we’ve told a million times and boring our wives to death with the same old move quotes.
In Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, we read a great description of why God gives us friends: “Two are better than one, becahse they have a good reward for their toil. For it they fall, one will life up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
The writer of Ecclesiastes is extolling the virtue of friends. They are there for you when you need to be picked up. These friends have been there for me through divorce of my parents, the death of my dad and numerous trials in between. The writer also says that “a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” While this can clearly read that three friends are better than two, a more intricate read will lead one to believe that friends that are intertwined with Holy Spirit are cemented together. Not only can they encourage, but they also can rebuke, and since the Holy Spirit is needed for the wisdom of rebuke, the threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Have you tried doing something on your own and you can’t quite do it? We were not created to do this life alone. In the Garden of Eden, God says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Within this context, we know he is speaking of a wife for the man, but we also can conclude that a man needs friends. He needs community. He needs people to pick him up and to depend on. He needs comfort and counsel.
The same writer of Ecclesiastes wrote Proverbs, and he says in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Who is sharpening you and who are you sharpening? I pray that your friendships are deep and God-centered, because I know they are a part of God’s richest blessings.