"In the beginning..."
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…and God saw that it was good "
Most likely if you grew up in Sunday school or even opened the first page of your Bible you know the story of creation. How in 7 days the Lord our God created this beautiful masterpiece of a world we leave in. Complete with plants on the ground, a bright sun in the sky, and animals to roam the Earth. We see the proof of this every day and even we can agree that it is good. But in the story of creation the Lord reveals to us a deeper truth, that though it looked good to the eyes, there was more work to be done. As he later reveals in 1 Samuel 16:7, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” We can see a perfect example of this with Adam in Genesis 2:18.
What went wrong?
This is something about Genesis I didn’t realize when I read it the first time, but when we take notice of how after everything the Lord made he said it was good. We see that in Gen 1:4, Gen 1:10, Gen 1:12, Gen 1:18, Gen 1:21, Gen 1:25 and even that it was "very good" in Genesis 1:31. So then in Genesis chapter 2 verse 18 it should raise a brow when we see for the first time God say it is not good.
“It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable helper for him” (Genesis 2:18)
Now even though in my illustration I depict Adam looking visibly upset, I don't think that was the case at all. Adam didnt know what he was missing. He did not know loneliness or heartache; all he knew was God and his presence. But like many of us who still function just fine by ourselves. Even though we have found peace in our solitude and say we are fine by ourselves, the Lord knows that even if you believe that to be true He knows us on a deeper level.
He knows that he created humans and life for companionship and community. So even though Adam may not have been visibly down the Lord knew he was not complete. Even though he had all he needed and didnt even wish or perhaps long for more; the Lord God still said and recognized that “It is not good for the man to be alone”. And after he made Adam a wife the Lord saw his creation and purpose as being complete.
“And they became one flesh” (Genesis 2:24)
What does that mean for us?
I think this teaches us many valuable lessons. The first of which is not to believe solely what you see. But also we can trust in the fact that the Lord knows what we need far before it is apparent to us. But unlike us when we get to these places of longing for more or feeling “incomplete”, Adam didn’t wallow in self-pity. He didn’t look at the animals with their companions and grow envious. He didn’t curse God for his situation. Adam was so filled and consumed with the Lord’s love and presence and because of this, he lacked nothing. And like Adam, we must first find our purpose and wholeness in the Lord. That void is something that only He can fill in His due timing. Seek Him first and He will supply you with the rest.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” Matthew 6:33 NLT

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