Words from the Heart for Monday April 2nd, 2018
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.”
Genesis 2:18 (NRSV)
The Creator had declared “it is good” about so much of the days of creation. Here He is saying that one thing was “not good.” The man He created would not be best left alone. God made us to belong to Him and to each other. You see that here in the garden. The Lord saw the need of Adam and met that need. He still delights in the word “together.”
Until 2014, Canada offered foreign workers a temporary visa under the Live in Caregiver Program. It required participants to work as a live-in caregiver for two full years before applying for an open visa, at which point they were released from the obligation to do live-in domestic work. Many Filipino women found this program attractive because of their need to provide for their families, especially children. By 1996, fully 87 percent came from the Philippines, sending funds back home to support their families.
When God created Adam, He recognized that it was not good for Him to be alone. Human beings are not meant to live life in isolation from others. It’s why we find the stories of hermits so interesting – few people can live very long without contact with others. Genesis 2:18 says, “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” The Lord knows that we need each other. The most intimate of human relationships is that between a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage, and so God created Eve as a partner for Adam. While Eve was created as a helper to Adam, God created her as Adam’s partner. The two of them together would accomplish far more than each of them could alone. We need to express our appreciation for those in our lives that God has given us as a helper and partner. We need to recognize that the Lord places us in relationships to be a helper for others. Who can you help today?
These have been words from the heart.