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Sometimes facing struggles on your own could feel like swimming against a tide. It could be draining, frustrating and may even seem hopeless as the trials prolong. We all need the strength or help of another, and although much can be accomplished by one person, a whole lot more can be done by two or more people. Regarding this, Solomon said, “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!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10). While this view is generally desirable, there are often times when it appears we are alone and have none to lift us up.

You may be faced with a challenging or overwhelming task at your work place, where the responsibility is all on you. You may be a single mum or dad juggling with work and taking care of the young children. You may even be a believer struggling with sin and resisting the temptations of the enemy. In all these circumstances the help of a friend or a brother (or sister) is indispensable, but ultimately, God is all we need. In every situation His presence and grace is sufficient.

If you have no one to lift you up when you are down, remember to call upon the All-Sufficient One. He gives strength to the weak; knowledge to the simple; wisdom to the foolish; and an assured hope to the despaired. In the knowledge of this sufficiency, Jonathan said to his armour bearer; “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised [Philistines]. It may be that the LORD will work for us, FOR NOTHING CAN HINDER THE LORD FROM SAVING BY MANY OR BY FEW.” (1 Samuel 14:6). Therefore with the Lord, one is a majority; with Him one is a victor against many, and in Him we have a promise that He will not leave us or forsake us. If you are feeling hard pressed today, be encouraged, for though things may look bleak, Jesus is on your side and will work things out for your good.


Chris Eke