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W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health

Read: Genesis 2:18-25

In Genesis ch. 1, after each day of creating, the Lord looked it over and declared that “it was good”. On the sixth day, after creating people, God declared that it’s all “very good”. It’s “paradise”. Adam, the gardener of Eden, had a perfect relationship with God, untainted by sin. Perfection, right? Man in perfect relationship with God, no sin, a beautiful God-given garden in an un-fallen world. But then something really interesting happens. In Ch. 2:18 God looks at this picture and declares for the first time that something is NOT good. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” (Gen. 2:18).

This occurs before sin caused the fall of humanity and destroyed the connection between “man” and God. In other words, even a perfect relationship with God wasn’t enough for Adam. From God’s viewpoint that’s not enough, “It is not good that man should be alone”. That is profound. It means that God created us to be social beings, not loners.

Earlier in a WISH post I noted that we’re created in the image and likeness of God; for me that means we’re created by God, Who is love. We’re created by love and for love. In the solitary confines of Eden Adam had only God to love. Love could not find its full expression without relationship with others. Simply put: people need other people. Even before “sin” messed things up, God looked at the lonliness of “man” (Hebrew: adam) and declared that it was not good. It is at that point in the Genesis story that God creates Eve. The loneliness is not just about sexuality or procreaton. The loneliness here isn’t directed at marriage over singleness. It is broader than that, more basic: people need other people, we are social beings.

A young girl was very scared having been awakened by a loud thunderstorm. After comforting her, her parents tried to reassure her, and get her back to her own bed saying, “It’s okay, God is here with you.” She replied, “I know that, but I need someone with skin.” True.

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom