Friday, January 13, 2023
Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him."
So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man's ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.
"At last!" the man exclaimed. "This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called 'woman,' because she was taken from 'man.'"
God knew what the male human did not yet know: it wasn't good for him to be alone. 1 Even though the male human had all of God's beautiful creation at his disposal, there was nothing that spoke to the empty place in his soul. So, God gave the male human a mission: Name all the animals. "But still there was no helper just right for him." 2 The male human discovered what God already knew: he needed a human companion like him, but different from him!
The Holy Spirit describes what God did with great beauty. 3 God took the flesh, bone, and blood of the human male and crafted the human female to be like him, yet different, and in each other's presence, they could be naked and unashamed. 4 Each human, male and female, is created in the image of God, and each is precious to God and should be precious to the other — as Adam's words of discovery reveal. 5 God goes one step further when He anticipates the future of family and emphasizes that both husband and wife are to be protected from having to live with in-laws interfering, and instead they find their primary family relationship in each other as husband and wife.6
While some are called and gifted to remain unmarried, which the Bible emphasizes is God-honoring, 7 God calls those who marry to value his or her spouse. Their "other" is precious, made of the same "stuff" but made to be different from them. God has made each for the other, to be complements so that being one, they are more than they could have been alone. 8 They must learn to value, submit, care, love, encourage, complement, and remain faithful to their marriage partner. They must learn to share the dance of being one just as God is one as Father, Son, and Spirit; together, the male and female made one reflect this part of the nature of their creator.
Dear Father, thank you for revealing the importance of marriage and why you made us male and female — to be different from each other so we can bring to each other what we would never have without that other person. Thank you that You value husbands and wives equally and call them to love and value each other as they seek to honor you in building a life together. Bless all those who are single as they honor You in their relationships. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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