Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)
9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Through the verses King Solomon has been examining life. He has pondered the many conditions of life and he now comes to a point where he considers the companionship of marriage. He says two are better off than one, for is one person falls there is no one to pick the other up. Two people can provide comfort to each other, but loneliness brings none. Two people are able to defend themselves against others. One watches the front, while one watches the back. And if God is included as a third their bond is even stronger than the two of them standing alone.
Scientifically this world is turning into a virtual world. It is now possible to hold meeting on computers instead of seeing someone face to face. Even Dr. Phil will frequently use a webcam and “chat software” to communicate with others who are far away. It is something familiar to many people. People have started working more from their homes and communicating over phone, pc, wireless and other methods. The bonds people once created from working side by side are becoming lost. Even in dating people are searching for others on the internet, because it is easier not to interact with a real person. They have found a virtual world where have the comfort of their home and still talk to someone. There once was a science fiction story where a war was talking place on a planet by the use of virtual reality. What the people didn’t know is there were only two of them left alive and everyone had had died. Solomon tells us we need relationships, and we need relationships that include God. We need to be close to others and bond with other whether it is for friendship or marriage. Pray God would help you make your relationships with others meaning and lasting.