Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12 – Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Yesterday I shared about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s obedience to God, and their bold testimony of who He was to them! Today I wanted to focus on the friendship of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and Daniel.
While there’s much to be said about just Daniel himself, today I wanted to focus on the Godly friendship these 4 shared.
Daniel chapter 1 tells the story of Daniel stepping out in faith, and his 3 friends standing WITH him. When commanded to partake in the King’s food Daniel said, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning … In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
There is strength in numbers. When young Daniel stepped up, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego also took a step forward to stand WITH him so he didn’t have to stand alone. And God blessed their obedience and loyalty.
Don’t we all need friends like that? Shouldn’t we all BE that kind of friend? No one wants to stand alone. We were created to stand WITH others in strength and unity.
When my son was little, my prayer was that he would have even just ONE friend that would have his back. Just one faithful and loyal friend who would stand up for him, encourage him, rejoice with him, and be there through thick and thin. And what a blessing it is that God answered my prayer, and that friend also happens to be his grandpa Lloyd!
There may be a time where we must take a bold stand for our faith in Christ. Are we willing to stand alone? I sure hope we are! But if there’s an opportunity to stand WITH a friend in faith I sure hope and pray we are also willing to do so.
If you’re like me, you’ve had to learn what it means to be a true friend in adulthood. Please know that it’s not to late to start. Just because you’ve perhaps failed at the friend thing, it’s not a lost cause. You can start fresh today. Pray and commit to being the friend God has called you to be. Live in the joy that comes from that precious friendship in Christ!
May God bless you in your pursuit!