don’t run alone

by Pastor Mark Jordan

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Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV)

This week we are working through ways to develop a Godly perspective. Yesterday we looked at seeking God’s vision for your life and writing it down so you can identify it, internalize it, and incorporate it into your daily living. The image we used yesterday from Habakkuk is that of a runner needing something to be able to refer to quickly. As we continue running down the road this week, it is important to remember that we were not designed to run alone.

You were created for the purpose of relationship with God and others. Our Bible verse for today illustrates this beautifully! In Solomon’s wisdom, we see that one person may be overpowered, but two can defend themselves. Solomon goes on to write that a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. The model we get for doing life here is to connect with others and intertwine it with God to make our three-strand cord.

Jesus taught about this, too. In Matthew 18:20 we read, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Jesus doesn’t want you running through life alone. He wants you to have a “buddy” and join up with Him. When you do this, He helps sync your pace, steady your vision, protect you from prowlers, and lead you to your finish line. You were never intended to run alone, so join up with others and run with the Lord.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your presence with me. I confess there are times I feel all alone when I am going through life, but I know I was never intended to run that way. Help me find my running partner, and to sync up with you so you can lead us to your finish line. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.