Waiting Is Not A Waste Of Time
Genesis 2:18-23 (ESV)
“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,“ This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
I was amazed reading this passage this morning. I have never noticed this middle section (underlined). We know that God knew right away that it wasn’t good for man to be alone and God had decided that He will make Adam a helper fit for him. Then, it’s like God goes somewhere completely different! What’s up with that? Where is that helper?
Did Adam’s need for a helper change? Not at all! Did God change his mind? Not the least bit. God still thought Adam needs Eve. However, 2 things needed to happen, in my opinion:
- Adam needed to know that he needs Eve. Adam has not recognized his need as of yet. When the Lord gave Adam the task of naming the living creatures, Adam noticed that he’s the only one without a helper! God has such an incredible respect for our minds, our need to figure it out! Yet, how often do we complain about God not fulfilling his promises or giving us what we ‘want’ right away? Out of respect for Adam, God waited. Out of respect and honor for Eve, God wanted to make sure that Adam realizes how important Eve is going to be for him, as an equal partner and a helper to complete their task on earth together, as God intended for them.
- Adam needed to be trained in “naming” because eventually Adam was to name Eve as well. So God, through giving that task to Adam, was preparing him for Eve and for his role with her. You know, so often we just want to jump into that thing we want. We are so eager sometimes, and are so shortsighted that we don’t see how much more training we need before God gives us that next task/blessing. Did you ever think that sometimes we are actually NOT ready for God’s blessing. Jumping in before the Lord prepares us can have detrimental effects. Adam wouldn’t have been able to do his part with Eve and I wonder what the relationship would’ve been like if God hadn’t waited, if God in his graciousness, didn’t take the time to train Adam on his role as a man.
VERY important work happens as we wait. It’s not wasted time. Give yourself to your maker and ask him to renew you, change you, make you what he wants you to be for the Kingdom work first, and then whatever else he has in store for you. Take heart, God hasn’t forgotten. God has not left. God’s ways are just higher and better than ours.
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