All We Have Been Created For

Michael Beck

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” (Genesis 2:18)

The human desire for intimacy can no more be erased from man’s being than it can be erased from God’s being. God has created us to know and be known of Him; but this does not mean He is against us having intimacy with anyone else.

He created Adam, and they walked and talked with each other, but even with that He said it was not good for Adam to be alone, and then created Eve for him to be intimate with.

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)

Adam knew his wife. Before their fall they were naked before each other and unashamed. They saw and were seen. They knew and were known. And God saw this relationship and called it good.

God is not opposed to human intimacy. What He is opposed to is any of His gifts being exalted to a place of idolatry, where we worship and serve the creation rather than the Creator.

The issue is this: In our quest for human intimacy will we abandon intimacy with God? In our desire for closeness with flesh and blood will we alienate ourselves from God? In wanting to cleave to a human being are we willing to forsake God?

As we walk with God, He will do for us as He did with Adam. He satisfies the desire of every living thing. But He also proves and tries our hearts. Will we worship and serve Him in a dry and thirsty land? Will we love Him more than all His gifts to us? Will we wait on Him in faithful, loving obedience to make all things beautiful in His time?

The God who created us after His own image and likeness knows us. He knows our needs and wants and desires. He is not a hard, cruel taskmaster who delights in our frustration and disappointment. He is a good and wise Shepherd who would perfectly order and provide for us. When He withholds, He does so with the highest and wisest purpose. When He bestows, it is with blessing. “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” (Prov. 10:22)

Give to the Lord what He deserves. Know and be known by Him. Make this the passionate pursuit of your life. And know that as you do He will watch over you to give you all He has created you for.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.