Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Genesis 2:18-25

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam[a] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

In this passage, God tells us that it is not good to be alone. This explains why loneliness is such a problem. There are more people alive today on this planet than ever before. We have in our hands the means to connect with so many people, to know what they are doing and where we can tell our friends and the world what is going on in our lives. Yet, loneliness is a problem experienced by so many people.

Why do we need a companion? More than just because God said so. Because, by ourselves, it is easier to give up when things get hard or we get discouraged.

But with a friend, a helper, or a companion, we get love, support, encouragement and even accountability. Ecclesiastes tells us that when we fall, a companion or helper will lift us up, but someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

Yes, people can be the cause of so much hurt and pain, but we need people because that is how God has designed us.

Father, I am so thankful for the people that you have placed in my life. People who have stood with me when things go wrong, who love me, encourage me, walk with me and stay with me.

Written by Andrew Martin

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