God recognized, It is not good that the man should be alone (v. 18). What does that mean? We remember the refrain in the Genesis 1 creation story, “And God saw that it was good.” This is the first time in Scripture that God sees something that isn’t good. And the first not good thing is loneliness. We do know that being alone sometimes is plenty good—introverts remind extroverts like me that time alone is imperative. What is not good, however, is being utterly alone.
Today’s Scripture reminds me of the hymn “In the Garden,” which begins, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear the Son of God discloses.”
God tries everything. No animal helper is suitable for the man. Eventually, God creates woman because a human companion was needed.
I suppose, then, it makes sense that God came in human form through Jesus. No other form would do. In Jesus, God becomes the ultimate partner, an eternal helper for our loneliness. It is not good for humans to be alone. Hear the chorus of the hymn, “And he walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own; and the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known.”
In relationship with Jesus, we are connected as ligaments of the body of Christ, helped by the Holy Spirit, in the communion of the saints. It is not good for humanity to be alone; God made sure that we don’t have to be anymore.
What does loneliness feel like to you?
Jesus, thank you for walking with us and bestowing the Holy Spirit upon us. Teach us how to be in communion with you and one another. Cast away our loneliness. Amen.