by Kristen C. Strocchia
“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable to him.’ Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.” Genesis 2:18-20
See how God intended man to commune with Himself. Created unique–a single being–in the image of God. Brought to life with the breath of God. None other like him in the whole of Creation.
But God saw that out of all His good work, the man created in His image should not be alone. Every other creature was created with like-beings with which to live. So even though Adam was intended to commune with His Creator alone, God searched for a physical being that would be a suitable helper for him.
What did Adam need help with? God had already provided for his every need. But He had also given Adam the responsibility of caring for and working his garden home. He’d also made Adam in His own image with the express purpose of ruling over all animal kind [Genesis 1:26]. God didn’t intend for Adam to literally shoulder the workload of the world by himself.
In the search to find a helper, God brought every creature that He’d spoken into existence–and these formed out of the ground–to Adam. The Creator asked His beloved Creation, “What is this? What’s the name for that animal? Which creature is that?” And bestowed each piece of His handiwork with the name of Adam’s choosing.
Cow and goat and other livestock to keep the grass nibbled. Worm to aerate the soil. Bee and hummingbird to pollinate. Countless animals of no use at all for tending gardens, but a few that might help ruling the others. A king lion. A watchful crow. A shepherding dog. But in the end none of these fulfilled the need Adam had the way God intended. None complimented and suited him in every way.
God understood man’s need as He understood His own desire to create man to begin with. God–in His triune aspect–had not been alone, yet He desired to lavish His love on His Creation. Man–with an animal kingdom to rule, and his Creator to walk beside him–was not alone, yet he was created in the image of love to love others. And in this expression, Adam would be complete and more completely able to commune in understanding with his Creator God.
Is God your best friend? Does His love overflow from your life into the lives of others and back to Him?