A few months ago, I attended a women’s conference. During one of the sessions, one of the speakers made a statement that sent a gasp across the room. She said that we, as Christians, always talk about and sing about only needing Jesus… but this was not true. She said, “You need Jesus… AND PEOPLE!”
She proceeded to talk about how important relationships are. The truth of what she said resonated with me but I also needed to do my own searching into why such a bold (and seemingly, contrary) statement was actually true. In my quest, the Lord led me to Genesis 2:18.
“It is not good for the man to be alone, so I will create a companion for him, a perfectly suited partner.” (The Voice)
If you read through the story of creation in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, at the end of every day, God looks at everything He created that day and says, “It is good!” But after He creates Adam, He looks down and says, “This situation is not good.”
If all we really needed was Jesus (the Lord or Father God), God should have looked at Adam and knowing the relationship they would have – just the two of them – He should have said, “It is good!” But He did not. He looked at this human and said he needed another one like him – a companion.
In the NET Bible, Genesis 2:18 reads, “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a companion for him who corresponds to him.’”
This word corresponds is a significant word. It means: to be equivalent in function, position, amount, etc.
God looked at this man he had created. He knew that the two of them would have a wonderful relationship as they would together “walk in the cool of the garden” (See Gen. 3:8). But God decided that this was not enough, that man should have another human to be equivalent in function and position. Someone to do life with. And so He creates woman to fulfill this role.
Though God is our ultimate:
and much, much more…
He instituted, from the very beginning, that we also provide these things for each other. We are made to not just need Jesus in our lives but to need each other!