The Problem with Being Alone
“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is right for him.”- Genesis 2:18
After God created everything in the world, He noticed there was no one to care for the ground that He made. That is when God created the first man from the dust on the ground. God then gave him life by breathing life into his nose (Genesis 2:7). God then put the man in charge of the Garden of Eden and gave him the command not to eat from the tree which gives the knowledge of good and evil and if he did, he would die (Genesis 2:15-17).
God noticed that it was not good for the man to be alone. He formed all the wild animals and birds from the ground and brought it to him but did not find a suitable helper that was right for him. So, God caused him to fall asleep, and while asleep, God removed one of his ribs, formed a woman from it, and brought the woman to the man (Genesis 2:19-22).
It is not good for us to be alone either. We benefit more when we are not alone. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says that “two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together” and if one person falls there is another to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:10). Paul was no stranger to loneliness because he was abandoned by friends (2 Timothy 4:9-10). When Paul thought he was going to be alone, God provided him a helper from another follower named Luke (2 Timothy 4:11).
The same goes for us. God provides us with helpers from the community of believers. That is why staying in a church community is important, especially when it seems like the world is against us or when we fall.
Prayer of the day:
Dear heavenly Father,
You are the Creator of all things including humans. After creating the first man, You put him in charge of Your creation. In the Garden of Eden, there were no suitable helpers for him, so You created a woman from his rib. They were created to help each other because it was harder to do it on their own. Please give us the opportunity to help others who are in need. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!