Friday, February 18, 2000
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, New International Version
Two very powerful images here: first, we need other people;
second, God has our best interest in mind. The first, is a part of us
that is so apparent. We seek others out. Both the introvert and
the extravert seek to be in relation to at least one other significant person.
As children, we look for a positive parental figure, as an adult, someone to
share our intimacy with. We all seek friends and even the
"loner" looks for others. Who we are can on one level, be
described as what we share. This is where the Good News engulfs us all.
God is not going to leave us alone, rather, God does and will put people in
our life. We may not know or understand the purpose at the time, but
that person will be a helper. They will help to shape you. For
example, if that someone is of questionable integrity, they will
help you set some of your own boundaries. If they are of strong
character, you now have an example.
Not only did God bring that
person into your life, but God has brought the best person in your life you
could ever imagine, and that is Jesus Christ. His life is a living
testimony of how much God loves and cares for you. An example of who we
are to emulate is before us all in Him. The way He cared for others.
The love He shows to the unlovable. The care He shows to the uncared
for. And ultimately the Grace He offers you with His out-stretched arms.
Holy God, I want to thank you for looking out for my needs. So
often I forget all You do and have done for me. Help me to recognize the
gifts You regularly place in my life. In the name of Jesus, your
ultimate gift, I pray. Amen.