Do Life - Part 1

Opening Prayer: 

Lord, help us today as we consider this Scripture to understand that it was never Your intention that man should operate in isolation.  In Genesis You stated that it was not good for man to be alone.  Your way and words are so wise! 

 

 Read: Ecclesiastes 4:12 NIV

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

 

Reflect: 

I spent many years as an administrator in different organizations and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 was underlined in my Bible and read quite frequently to guide me in my daily tasks of overseeing the organization.  When I first started, I soon found out I did not have all the skills and knowledge I needed to administer the organization adequately.  I brought a team around me to support me in the decision-making.  Having others there to participate in the decisions made for a much stronger organization.

God, in setting up His church, had leadership teams who worked together to solve difficult issues.  Acts 15 is a case in point.  Paul had a divisive issue to settle between the Jewish and Gentile Christians.  Rather than laying out the solution, he took it to the Jerusalem council who discussed the problem and came up with a reasonable solution for all concerned.  They even went with Paul to announce the resolution.  By working together, a very difficult situation was diffused.

God does not intend for us to handle problems on our own.  From the beginning He stated it was not good for man to be alone (Gen 2:18a).  When the New Testament church was established the Scriptures talk about elders and deacons, almost always in the plural.  At Pathway, we speak of the importance of being in a community of believers for support and nurturing.  We need this support if we want to live our lives successfully for the Lord.

 

Apply: 

This week as you come up against difficult problems or decisions, pray first, then talk them through with your home team or at least a trusted Christian friend.  You will find the decisions you arrive at will be much stronger.  It may be that you will not have a solution to the problem but only a way to manage it.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, thank you for providing us with the examples of how we can work with others to make better decisions and find answers to problems we face.  Best of all, thank You for the advocacy of the Holy Spirit who is our partner through our trials and problems.  In Your name, Amen.

Terry Schneider