Monday, October 1, 2012

FAVORITE VERSES SERIES: It's ALL About Relationship

Then the Lord God said, 
“It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper that is right for him.”
 ~ Genesis 2:18, NLV~ 

"Pull yourself up by your bootstraps."
"She is so needy!"
"God helps those who help themselves."

How many other phrases could we share valuing the misguided narrative of full self-reliance?  The world seems to beat us up, hurling guilt at us every day, proclaiming that we should need no one but ourselves to have a successful life.  But that is a lie from the pit of hell.  We know because God tells us otherwise in His word.

Last week we began the Favorite Verses Series with Genesis 1:1.  Did you make an attempt to memorize it?  Did you steep in it?  We learned that when there was nothing else, there was and still is God.  

This week, we'll pull apart another verse from Genesis.  While we may have heard these verses many times, it's easy to gloss over them.  The richness of God's word lays in the fact that we are profoundly nourished the deeper we dig.

When we examine Genesis 2:18, we see that it begins with, "Then the Lord God said...".  In a world hungry for the stability and comfort of absolute truth, we can stake our lives on anything that the Lord God said.  The words of the One who spoke the world into existence are irrefutable truth.  Use these words as a yardstick against anything else you hear.  Take a sample of these words, and then the words of the culture.  You will find the words of God so much more deeply satisfying.

Continuing on in the verse, we see that God declares, "It is not good for man to be alone...".  Without digging into Hebrew definitions, but merely staying in the English translation, the Creator decides that it is not a positive thing to have one who was created in God's image live in isolation.  After all, God himself has never been alone.  There are three persons in the Trinity.  If we are to reflect His image, it means living in relationship.

The verse concludes, "...I will make a helper that is right for him."  Clearly, humans were made for relationship.  We were made to interact and "do life" with others.  Personally, I first found relief in learning that we were made to have the sweetness of support and friendship with one another when I read the book The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren.  What peace I discovered as Warren revealed that we are "formed for God's family."  I no longer had to carry the shame I felt by asking for help.

Now, as with so many other things, there is balance required in this togetherness.  If one explores God's word further, it is clear that the concept of pulling away for awhile is essential to our overall health.  With relationship, healthy boundaries are also required.  But the overarching message of Genesis 2:18 is that God created humans to live life in fellowship.

Although we may not recognize it at first blush, there is tremendous freedom in these words of our Maker.  This is especially true of those of us raising children with a special need.  God never meant for us to get through life on our own.  He designed us to enjoy the sweetness of dear friends, the common experience of family, and the support of community.  It is okay for us to reach out for help.  Needing one another is in our DNA.  Praise God that He gave us others!

PRAY:  Lord, thank you for the gift of Your truthful words and for the gift of one another.  When the world weighs me down, and I think I have to tackle it all on my own, I have the relief of knowing that You don't intend for it to be that way.  Bless my relationships with others.  May they reflect Your goodness.

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