Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 NLT 

Life is full of struggles. The Bible says that God is working in all things for our good, but it also says that we are to glory in our sufferings. That means every single one of us will struggle and go through hard times. It doesn’t matter what our Facebook or Instagram pages say, how we look on the outside, or how others perceive us—the struggle is real.

One of the main goals of the enemy is to cause us to struggle in isolation. John 10 gives an analogy of a good shepherd who is God—how He loves, cares, and protects us. Jesus identifies Himself as the good shepherd. The good shepherd keeps the sheep together so that they can’t be picked off and attacked by the wolf. The good shepherd knows that the sheep are safer when they stay together.

When we struggle alone, we will begin to believe the struggle will never change. But the truth is that struggles do pass, seasons do change, and there
 is nothing that you are walking through that you cannot overcome through Christ.

There was a secular study done years ago
 which showed that people who were connected 
in Christian community were more prosperous, more successful, and more fulfilled than those who weren’t. Why is that? It is because we were created for community. We are not created to do life alone. We are not created to struggle in isolation. That is why God created the Church to be His Body.

When we stay connected in community and share our struggles, we realize that we are not alone, we hear the truth of God’s Word, and we receive the support and encouragement we need.

Two verses later in Ecclesiastes, we read that a strand of three cords is not easily broken. That verse reminds us that there is one more aspect of community: Our relationship with each other is interwoven with our relationship with God. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:39).

Make Your Mark
Are you struggling today? Picture a strand of three cords: you, a brother or sister in Christ, and God. Are you connected in community? Take
 a step today to engage in healthy community through your church small groups or mentoring ministry.