Day 28: Living in unity
How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in unity!
We are not alone on the journey. God gives us traveling companions. It is part of the plan.
So here is Adam, created by God and put into the garden of paradise, and yet his aloneness is “not good.” The Genesis narrative is implying that our intense relational capacity, created and given to us by God, was not fulfilled completely by our “vertical” relationship with him. God designed us to need “horizontal” relationships with other human beings. That is why even in paradise, loneliness is a terrible thing. We should therefore not be surprised to find that all the money, comforts, and pleasures in the world–our efforts to re-create a paradise for ourselves—are unable to fulfill us like love can. This is confirmation of our intuition that family and relationships are a greater blessing and provide greater satisfaction than anything money can buy. Tim Keller, The Meaning of Marriage
Community is essential. Scripture knows nothing of the solitary Christian. People of faith are always members of a community. Creation itself was not complete until there was a community. Adam needed Eve before humanity was whole. God never works with individuals in isolation, but always with people in community. Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
Who are you walking with as you draw near to God? We are thankful to have each of you on the journey with us.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.