One Another Devotional - Day 3
by Zema Chambers
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone;
Have you seen those Facebook ads asking if you could live in a lovely log cabin in the mountains for a year without tv or internet? (They sweeten the pot with “for a million dollars”!) You probably have gleefully pronounced, “Yes! Why yes I could!” Did you think you would be alone without anyone for a year?
Sometimes after the craze of a drive home from work or having been stuck in traffic, the thought of being alone without anyone to invade your thoughts or space seems pretty terrific. Curling up by the fire with a good book sounds delightful. You can almost hear yourself think. I have even heard people say, “I love God; it’s people I can’t stand!” Maybe a little much?
Seriously though, almost from the scene of a sci-fi thriller, imagine you are walking the planet among many beautiful things – just nothing that looks like you. You don’t know any better or worse because everything is what you know. It is what it is. Until . . . God, with Whom you have great conversations, whispers to you, “It is not good that you are alone.” I can just see you wrinkling your forehead questioningly, “Alone? What is that?” The rest of the story is history . . mankind’s history. Our Creator knew we weren’t to live alone. From God’s perspective, it just wasn’t good.
In the coming weeks, our church will explore how God directs us to live our lives “one anothering.” How does a group of people who choose to love God and live for Him come to “one another” well? It is said that when people do life “one anothering” they actually impact other people around them.
Proverbs 27:17 (TPT) reveals one description of “one anothering” . . . “It takes a grinding wheel to sharpen a blade, and so one person sharpens the character of another.” Ouch! However, without “one anothering” how would our character grow? How would we know we are loving? How would we grow from being fearful to risk and find success in the endeavor? Maybe that’s worth the risk it takes to “one another.” It can be a painful process of leaving your comfort zone or having to change your mind in some areas. Consider this though, “one anothering” might also contain an inexpressible joy for you as you experience what God had in mind for you all along. C’mon! Jump in! Let’s “one another” well!
• When has there been a time that you were with someone and helped them through a rough situation? Does that help you see why “one anothering” might be important?
• Why is it “not good” for us to be alone?