18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”
19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.
20 The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place.
22 The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

Imagine working on a 1000-piece puzzle for several hours and needing the last piece. Yet, when you go to pick up, you cannot find it. This would inevitably create a deep sense of dissatisfaction and disappointment. Yet having it and placing it would be deeply gratifying.

As God created the world, there was nothing flawed or missing that left a sense of dissatisfaction and disappointment like the incomplete puzzle. When God said that it was not good for the man to be alone, it’s as if He was holding up the final puzzle piece of His creation. So God created another person from man, that he would not be alone. In the creation of the first man and woman, we see that God presented the groom with his bride, as a father walks his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day. In Adam’s response, we see the joy that God intended in the marital relationship.

At the close of this passage, we see the way that God intended human relationships: the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. We were intended for pure relationships with one another, free from the brokenness and guilt of sin. The man and woman’s relationship would not stay this way, but in this we see a picture of God’s design for relationships and the hope of what restored relationships will look like in the new heavens and earth.

• Where have you experienced aspects of the joy of pure relationships as God intended?

• How has the brokenness of the world led to damaged relationships?

• Pray and thank God that He provides for our every need, including our need for community. Ask that you would continually grow in holiness and pursuit of relationships that honor Him.