Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12 / 1 Corinthians 7:17-35 / Proverbs 19:23-20:4
Batman and Robin, The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Starsky and Hutch (this will date you)…these were famous duos who always fought crime together. Batman and The Lone Ranger were the leaders whereas Robin and Tonto were the sidekicks but there were plenty of times when the sidekicks would come to the rescue of their stronger partner. They needed each other!
These famous duos were fictional yet they reflected the strength of friendship. Solomon recognized the importance and value of friends and he said, “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!” (Ecclesiastes 4:10)
It is amazing how productive we can be when someone works along side of us. We not only accomplish twice as much, we exponentially exceed double the output. When one needs help, the other comes to their assistance. Their commitment to one another will not allow them to leave the other in a weaken or fallen state. Their united hearts and spirits form a bond that defies every attack of division.
Solomon also mentions that two can keep warm together – the comfort of every shivering wife as she snuggles up to her husband on a cold night. (4:11) Together, two can defend themselves; alone, they will be overpowered. Solomon adding, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (4:12)
Somehow Solomon jumps from the value of 2 to the strength of 3. A rope with 2 stands will quickly unravel but a third cord brings strength and stability to the rope. I like to think of this as the relational formula of friend + friend + God = greatest strength. When God comes along side of our friendships, marriages and working partnerships, a bond is formed that is not quickly broken. God is the glue to every relationship…He knows how to keep things together!