Building up one another!

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NLT)

The Bible tells us that it was not good for the man to be alone, but it does not tell us why in this chapter. In this account of creation in Genesis 2, God created the heavens and the earth and all the animals. He created the man and brought all the creatures to the man to give than a name.

God decided to make a “help meet” for him and then goes on to create the woman.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 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. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. – Genesis 2:21 – 22 (NLT)

One wonders though, couldn’t the man have had companions from “all the livestock, the birds in the air and the wild animals” that God had created and Adam had been giving names to, after all a dog is a man’s best friend!” Or couldn’t he have had another man or many more men created – more creatures after his own kind – to solve the problem with him being alone. Or could God not have been a companion for him?

The woman must have had some special characteristics,  special touch, benefit or value  that she was bringing to the equation which none of the other creatures could provide!

God in His wisdom decided to create a woman – as the helper suitable for him. The man on seeing the woman acknowledges that there is something different and special about her, something that makes her stand out from all the other creatures.

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.” – Genesis 2:23 (NLT)

In a marriage, the two are meant to work and build one another up towards a common goal. The woman is expected to add value to the man as a “help meet”, someone who encourages him and works with him to fulfill God’s plan for their life.The man should show guidance and help the woman to be a help meet for him.

Check yourselves, and consistently look for ways to support and encourage each other. Remember to pray for your spouse and pray together

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11


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