Devotion: Monday, May 14:
Now the Lord God said, “It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [one who balances him—a counterpart who is] suitable and complementary for him.” Genesis 2:18 Amp Version
We have all heard the phrase, “the battle of the sexes.” I imagine each of us have been involved in the battle of the sexes as we wonder what in the world that person, usually our spouse, of the opposite sex is thinking or doing.
In Genesis Chapter 1, on five occasions God said it is good. Now in today’s verse, for the first time we hear God say, “It is not good.”
“It is not good for man to be alone; so I will make a helper for him.” I like the way the amplified says it: one who balances him-a counterpart; one who is complimentary. The very things which often drive us crazy about our spouses, might be the very things which God has built into our design. We often get frustrated because our spouses don’t view things the same way we do. But God knows we all need helpers. That doesn’t just mean someone to help us do a task. It means someone to help balance and complete us. In order for a puzzle to make a beautiful picture, the pieces must be cut to look different. God intentionally wired husbands and wives differently. Instead of battling the differences in our spouse, perhaps we should embrace the fact that God has placed that person in our life to help balance and complete who we are. As we do this we can come to appreciate how the differences in our spouse really do work to make us a better and more complete person.