We are not alone

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.