January 14: Intimacy With Others


We’ve said that God made us to image him through impact and intimacy. Yesterday we explored intimacy with God (a topic we will come back to many times on this journey). Today we want to understand that God doesn’t only want us to have a relationship with him, but also with others.

Genesis 2:18. The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Consider the radical statement that God just made. “It is not good…” As you probably remember so far in the text everything has been “good.” But now suddenly something is “not good.” But that is not the most radical part. God has made a perfect place, a copy of his heavenly temple, in a garden paradise, and has put a “perfect” person there. But this person still needs something more.

Think about the humble nature of our God. He is essentially saying, “people need more than just me, they need each other.” You see God can meet all of our deepest needs, but he can’t meet every need we have. We need other people for that. We need intimacy, love, and acceptance, from each other.

But why would God make us to need other people?

Here again we go back to imaging God. God is a giver. A sharer. A sacrificer. This is what love is. If all we had was God we would not be able to sacrifice and give. We wouldn’t be able to love unconditionally. So Adam alone would not be good.

Christ came to give us his life. And this life includes intimacy with God, but also intimacy with others. It includes learning to love unconditionally. Christ himself is the fulfillment of Genesis 2:18. It is not good that man should be alone. Because of Christ we are never alone. Never separated from the God-man. We can have intimacy with God and intimacy with mankind. And that is good.


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