Relationships. We are involved in relationship whether we like it or not.
God made a monumental statement at the very onset of the Human creation: “It is not good that the man should be alone,” Genesis 2:18. Why? Why was it “not good”? This would suggest some sort of lack or deficiency on the part of the Human creation; and yet, we know, that the Human was created in the image of God and lacked nothing. And that is exactly the problem! The Human lacked nothing. This was “not good”.
Because the Human was complete in and of itself, there was great propensity to trust in self’s perspective completely. In other words, the Human needed someone to oppose its perspective.
So God went to work. He divided the wholeness of the Human. He provided someone to help the other see. He created opposition. No, not adversity… .opposition. Face to face stood two comrades. Two allies. Two individuals that would relationally create a healthy tension. They would oppose, communicate, argue positions, compromise and mutually turn to God for reconciliation of their divisions. God and the divided Human would relate until agreement was produced.
What a magnificent story! God and Humanity relating.
God relates. He created the Human race in His image… .capable of opposing, communicating, arguing position, and compromising with Him. He is willing to relate with us within our Human sphere as He gently opposes, communicates and argues to grow us up into His perspective and stature. It is not good for the whole of the Human race to remain alone in our perspective. It is not good for us to draw conclusions only from within our Human realm. We need the opposition and communications of God.
On our own, we seem right. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death,” Proverbs 14:12. From our own vantage point, our perspective seems clear and accurate. “Be not wise in your own eyes…” Proverbs 3:7. In our own solitary world, our character may seem flawless. But then we relate to another… .and we are questioned, doubted, and even opposed. We are tested by the perspectives of others. This testing of relationship is of great value to the success of our eternal souls. Do not avoid relating with God or man…