Great Summer Reads: Ruth--You Never Walk Alone
I remember, once, having a conversation with my grandfather during a very tough time in his life. He is one of the strongest people I know, but I could hear the concern and worry in his voice as he explained the situation. Before we hung up the phone, I offered my prayers and told him how sorry I was that he had to go through this alone. I knew that it must have been hard on him. I will never forget his words that day when he said, "But I am not alone. With God and the other people He has placed in my life, I do not have to carry this burden alone."
How very right he was and aren't we all glad that we don't have to go through life's tough times alone. We were created for relationships. To love and support one another. To build each other up and encourage one another. We were never meant to do things on our own, in our own strength. In Matthew chapter 18 verse 20 it says, "For where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there with them." Just think about that for a minute. During your toughest times, when you look to a brother or a friend to help carry some of your burden, you also have the Lord their with you lightening that load even more, strengthening the both of you.
When we look back at all of the stories in the Bible, we can see this example evident in so many of these relationships. We have Naomi and Ruth, like Pastor Jeff talked about on Sunday, but there are so many more amazing stories just like that one.
- David & Jonathan
- Moses & Aaron
- Esther & Mordecai
- Mary & Martha
These people came together to help carry one another's burdens, and in each one of these relationships God was right there with them till the end. Giving them the strength and wisdom to get get through those storms of life. Each one, receiving the Lord's blessings in some way.
It's so easy to think, when we are down or stuck in the midst of a storm, that we are alone, we are abandoned, but God never intended for us to walk alone. He places others in our lives to help carry our burdens, and He becomes the final strand in our cord, which can not be broken.
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:12