Day 18: Not Good

Genesis 2:18-20

Yahweh God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground Yahweh God formed every animal of the field, and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. Whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock, and to the birds of the sky, and to every animal of the field; but for man there was not found a helper suitable for him.

God says something that is pretty shocking here when you take it in context. Up to this point, everything that God has made has been good or very good. This marks the first time that God says that something “is not good” in Genesis and the thing that He is talking about is loneliness.

In only a few verses of the Bible, we learn how much God values personal relationship. When I read that God purposefully focused in on something not good, it really gets my attention. Although God gave Adam a great job naming animals, loneliness was a major issue. The animals were not going to do the job of making Adam have the kind of interpersonal relationships he needed. It is obvious that this was not a mistake because God doesn’t make any. What we see here is that God slows way down and sets the stage for something very important to Him. A world without good relationships is not a good world and it is God’s intent to make everything good.

This is a major theme in the Bible that we find all the way through. God wants us all to have the right kind of relationships with each other and with Him.