Genesis: Day 1 Devotion

Genesis 2:18

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

There is a financial services commercial that shows a man and his wife as they ‘go through’ life. The commercial uses doors as a metaphor, and in case you miss it visually, they even say “whatever they have gone through, they’ve done it together” at the end of the ad. Going through life with someone else is better than going it alone. This is a truth that was identified by God, way back at the beginning.

Genesis 1 and 2 tells us the story of God’s creation of the world and everything in it. A friend recently pointed out one observation on this verse: throughout Genesis 1, God calls creation good. Six times, God says that it’s good. And then in chapter 2, for the first time God says it is not good. What is the catalyst for saying it is not good? Man is alone.

From the beginning it was evident that humans needed each other. It is our design to be in relationship. To partner with one another. We are not meant to be alone. We are meant to go through whatever we go through together. God created us this way, to be with one another. It is not good to be alone.

As we continue through scripture, we’ll see over and over how we get it wrong. How we mess up relationships at every turn: relationships with each other and our relationship with God. But we’ll also see God showing up and showing us over and over that even when we mess it up, God works to set it to rights. It is a complicated and difficult process – showing us that it is not good for us to be alone, but more than that, that it is best for us to be in right relationship, not only with each other, but with God.

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