Back in 1968 the group Three Dog Night released and made popular the Harry Nilsson song "One is The Loneliest Number." It was a very popular song in its day and made it to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song made famous the line, "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do." And to make sure the listener understands the idea that "one is the loneliest number" he repeats the phrase 18 times throughout the song.
But we didn't need Three Dog Night or Harry Nilsson to tell us that one is a lonely number. From eternity past we understand that God was never alone. Though He is one God, He has for eternity existed in three persons - Father, Son, Holy Spirit ... thus enjoying eternal fellowship. And when God created the world He said, "It is not good that the man should be alone." (Genesis 2:18) God's created order tells us we are made to be in relationship. And how about all the "one another" passages? We are made to be in relationship even as God Himself is in relationship.
In our study of 1 Samuel we find Jonathan, the son of Saul, beginning to go a separate path than his father. Saul is living in fear while Jonathan lives in faith ... and this essentially demands a different way of life. It's certainly couldn't have been easy for a son to move away from his dad; it was surely a difficult and lonely feeling. However, God was most gracious in providing Jonathan a loyal and faithful companion, his armor-bearer. This friend actually tells Jonathan, "... I am with you heart and soul."
This Sunday we will consider in 1 Samuel 14:1-23 the lifestyle of faith as demonstrated by Jonathan but let's not forget that he was encouraged and supported by his armor-bearer. And in the coming chapters Jonathan becomes this same kind of friend to David.
How about you? As you seek to follow Christ and live a life of faith are you trying to do it alone? If so, please understand you're seeking to do something that goes against God's order and design for spiritual growth. We are made to be in relationship and fellowship with one another. Every Frodo Baggins needs a Samwise Gamgee; every Lone Ranger needs a Tonto; every Andy needs a Barney.
Please don't neglect the fellowship of the saints! Even though you may think you're doing okay, the Scripture clearly says you require relationship. And what we always tend to forget is that others actually need us! I may think I'm okay but what about the brother / sister in Christ who needs me? If we neglect fellowship or allow a brother/sister to be alone then we're foolishly submitting ourselves and them to the deceitfulness of sin that can harden our hearts and lead us away from Christ. Consider the truth of Hebrews 3:12-13
"Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it called 'today,' that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin."