Two are Better than One --- By: Charles Ligon

The Golden Gate Bridge is an engineering marvel. Suspended by two mega-cables 36 inches in diameter, it has 27,572 wires in each cable that, if laid end to end, would span 80,000 miles or 4 times around the earth. These two mega cables support 24,500 tons or 49 million pounds, excluding traffic. Just two cables! Why does it hold? Because, of a biblical principle written centuries ago. The principle: Two are better than one. One cable alone would not hold.

There have been times in my life when I could not stand alone or bear the weight of a crisis by myself. I needed someone to come alongside me to share my burden. Looking back, I praise God for the ones (or two or more) that shared my load. Do you need a friend, companion or colleague to share the weight of a heavy burden and hold you up?

The Bible says that two are better than one (Eccl. 5:9). In fact, companionship, which is both helpful and profitable, was the design of the Creator from the beginning because God knew that we would need each other. The Bible says that companionship has a threefold reward. When you fall, there will be someone to help you up (vs. 10); when the storms are fierce there will be someone to provide comfort and shelter (vs. 11) and when there is danger there will be someone to protect you and provide added strength (vs. 12a).

So, what do you do when someone you know has a heavy load to bear? Do you help carry the load? Sometimes they simply need a listening ear or a word of encouragement. Perhaps they need a companion to impart biblical wisdom. At other times, they might need someone to be courageous and to walk step by step with them through their crisis.

Your workplace challenge is to identify someone in your workplace who needs a friend. Ask God how you can help. Then, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, go and help. Pray for them, encourage them and, if necessary, carry their load. On the other hand, if you are the one needing help don’t go at it alone. Share your burden with a good Christian friend. Remember that two are better than one and with the help of the Holy Spirit you/they will hold up through the storm. A threefold cord is not easily broken (vs. 12b). Make today count for His glory!