Image Builder – Part 4

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 NIV]

Our world today is crammed full of discord and disunity. We live in a world of fractured relationships. Most people agree that we have a problem with being able to relate with one another. Everyone seems to have an opinion of why we have this problem but we can never come to a solution consensus. And the difference is between how we relate to either God or gods. God created us for loving relationships with Himself and with one another. The gods of this world greedily seek revenge and destruction while preaching peace and harmony.    

When we listened to a lie by a deceiving god, our fall into sin fractured our relationships with God and with one another. The gods of this world seek continually to destroy. God has mended what we have broken by reconciling our relationships with Himself through Jesus Christ.

If you read Genesis chapters one and two, you will find that everything up to that point that had been created was certified good by God. Now God says: “It is not good that the man should be alone.” God declares a man without a companion to be “not good.” This is not just about Adam simply needing a wife. God created us to bear His image. Adam’s physical, emotional, and psychological needs are secondary to Adam’s mandate to bear God’s image. What was not good about man being alone was his inability to fully carry out God’s commands to rule over and subdue the earth. He had no companion in which to share the burden and joys of managing the garden. He had no companion with which to multiplying into a family. God supplied this need for Adam by creating for him a “suitable helper,” with whom He could do the work God.

Sin in our lives causes us to get the mandate turned around. We think that we are created for relationship with each other and then with God. A careful reading of the Scripture points out that God made people first for relationship with Himself and then with each other. Yet as you are painfully aware, you and I do not live in a community that perfectly reflects and brings glory to God. Our society, our families, our marriages, and even our churches are often devastated by shattered community. The first effect of the fall was a broken relationship between God and man, followed closely by fractured relationship between the first couple. Our sin has rendered us perpetual relationship breakers.

Relationships are messy. That is an understatement. However, you and I cannot fulfill God’s call on our lives without being in a relationship with Jesus Christ first and foremost and then with other people. God wants us to quickly repent of the damage we cause in our relationships with Himself and then pursue reconciliation with others. “… now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” [Ephesians 2:13 NIV]