Friday, January 1, 2010

It is not good for the man to be alone...

In Genesis 2, when God had created everything and proclaimed that it was very good, he "rested from all His work" on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2). Then the Bible tells us that "the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." (Genesis 2:15) And when God saw man in the garden, He said that it was not good for man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)

This was the making of "the helper", Eve. A woman from the bone of Adam's bones and flesh from the flesh of Adam's flesh. But God's decision not to leave man alone was deeper than even the need of man for a helper companion. For from the very heart of God, no part of His creation is complete in and of itself; it all belongs in community.

From God's proclamation of, "let us make man in our own image" (Genesis 1:26), we see His plan and even nature in and for community. John Eldrege says in "Epic", "How wonderful to discover that God has never been alone. He has always been Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God has always been a fellowship. This whole Story (about you and me) began with something relational."

Here's some good news about God's Kingdom. You and I were never meant to have to find it out on our own. Our very natures are created in, for and through community...the perfect community found in our one and only God! He created us for Himself, for one another and for the blessing of His overall creation. We are in the middle of a great adventure, a great love story, in which God Himself is the hero and, believe it or not, we are the sought after beloved! And it is not just you or I as individuals being sought by God. It is all of us that God seeks like a red-hot lover...the race of man, called out and sought out by the great Creator God. The creation being pursued by the Creator! Amazing!

This is what the story we are in is all about. God's Kingdom coming and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven. This present earth, this present heaven, this present body, is passing and will pass away. Yet during this time of passing, we are being offered even wooed to find the true meaning to this life and even into eternity! The Kingdom of God.

I have heard it said from psychology that there are three basic inherent needs in all people: the need to belong, the need for significance, and the need for security. Though these are classified by science of human nature, they ring true and can only be truly fulfilled when we return to the Creator God's plan for our lives: to find these things by finding our place in His Kingdom!

1 comment:

  1. I like that "Our very natures are created in, for and through community." I never really thought about it before. Great blog post! :)