DEVOTION: Genesis 2:18-25 (ESV)
18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." 19 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. 20 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. 21 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. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 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."
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Why did God give you your spouse? Why did God give us marriage at all? Wouldn't life be easier if there were no such things as spouses, marriage, and commitment?
First of all God said that it was not "good" for man to be alone. He didn't say that about anything else. He knew that his creation was incomplete without a companion. He knew that humans wouldn't know his love completely unless they had someone to love.
He also knew that humans would sin against each other just like Adam and Eve sinned against him so he gave them to each other so that they could know both sides of forgiveness. He knew that, if they only received forgiveness, they would not fully grasp what it is like to give forgiveness.
Thirdly, he knew that they wouldn't fully understand the commitment he had to them unless they committed to each other. He is committed to us through eternity an he wanted us to know what that means.
Lastly, he wanted them to know what it feels like to give love to someone else. If we only receive love, we don't fully grasp the intensity and completeness of both sides of it. It is the same reason he allows parents to have children instead of just creating each person directly out of the ground out of seeds or something.
He has given you relationships so that you can both receive and give his love in a real earthly, physical, and emotional way. What a great giver God is! What a great gift our relationships are. Live in your relationships the way God intended them to be. Love, give, and forgive so that you and your spouse, child, brother, sister, mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, coworkers, and friends may all know the love of Christ more fully today.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for our relationships! Help us to treat them as you intended. Amen.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: In what year of the reign of King Darius did Zechariah prophesy? The fourth
Sun- SCRIP ORDERS DUE; Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45
Acolyte- 8:30- Jacob Cluver; 11- Alaina Heitgerd
Ushers- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Don Tate, Doug Walters
Altar- Set up- Ruth Walters; Clean up- Terry McKenzie
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Sweet; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Charlie Figura
Greeters- 8:30- Doug and Ruth Walters; 11- Steve and Sandy Robine
Lay readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski 8:30- Betty Schirr 11- Kailyn Blechle
Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat. Pam Bueltmann, 8:30- Dawn Sherman, 11- Hannah Johnson
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