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Ecclesiastes 4:7-12

“Two are better than one!” But why? Especially, when you consider the fact that many times the two will eventually have to become one, and this fact alone can be a physical, emotional, and spiritual beat down…why not just do life alone? Women today don’t really need a man, just stay single! Why not set a goal and accomplish it by yourself? Because people bring drama, and sometimes it’s much easier to just keep folks out of your business.

Two are better than one because it’s in God’s blueprint for us to not do life alone. Design is the KEY! Doing life alone is possible, but it is not His design. And when you ignore the way something is designed you abuse it or it breaks and stops working.

So in these verses, Solomon reasons, why do life as one? Why do life without a spouse or a child or a friend or a community of fellow believers? Life is given to be shared and experienced with others. Why handle the doctor’s report alone? Why not have someone to laugh AND cry with? There is a fulfillment in life that will never be experienced without others.

I remember a time I was struggling with sin. I did all I could to carry this burden alone, but inside I was overwhelmed. I remember being so burdened that I burst into tears talking with my dad. I don’t remember what we were talking about. I don’t even think I was truly present and listening. All I knew was that the turmoil inside was about to spillover, and I couldn’t hold it in any longer. After sharing my struggle with my father, he prayed with me. And all I can remember driving back to college was this feeling of freedom. I can’t really explain it. I was just overjoyed inside because I no longer had to carry this weight and burden alone.

I don’t know what you are going through, but just know today that “two are better than one!”

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When we read Nehemiah 6:1-13, we see Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab’s relentless pursuit of Nehemiah.  They literally attacked him on multiple fronts.  The first wave of attack was physical.  They wanted to meet with Nehemiah, “But they intended to do me harm.”  So Nehemiah’s response was…I will not leave this important work.  Nehemiah refused to give his time to this meeting.  He continued to give his time and energy to the great work God had called him to, and although they persisted with the request to meet…his response remained the same. 


The next wave of attack was mental.  They sent a letter to intimidate Nehemiah.  They stated, “It is reported among the nations, and Geshem also says it, that you and the Jews intend to rebel…”  In other words, the word is out on what you are doing and why you are doing it.  Just wait until the king hears about this.  Basically, you have no choice but to meet with us for counsel.  They wanted to harm him mentally and cause him to be fearful.  His response was prayer!  “But now, O God, strengthen my hands.”


The last wave of attack was spiritual.  They paid for a false prophecy to be delivered to Nehemiah.  How did Nehemiah handle this?   He responded with, “Should such a man as I run away?”  He was courageous, and he had discernment.  He “understood and saw that God had not sent him, but he had pronounced the prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.


Nehemiah was hit from multiple directions, and yet God kept him through it all.  He didn’t prevent the attacks from occurring but He did give him what was needed to get through it!  No matter what you are facing, God is with you.  You can overcome it!


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