And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him — a threefold cord is not quickly broken
We cannot stand alone. When we are isolated we are in danger. We become prey. A lion does not stalk the interior of a herd—it stalks the fringe, those alone, unaware.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Paul knew the dangers of doing life alone and exhorts the church in Ephesus:
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
This month we focus on the power of community to build up, strengthen, encourage and to make strong our resolve in Christ. We are called to seek real fellowship and unity with one another. We are reminded that united we stand, divided we fall.
Christian community brings clarity and purpose to a life that feels aimless and mundane. God strengthens our foundations as He builds our relationships, and as each of our individual cords intertwines with another, the enemy loses his ability to rip us asunder.