“It is not good for man to be alone.”

God does not want you to be alone. This has been the truth since the beginning.

The thing which God has created in marriage – namely, an earthly relationship which glorifies and illustrates His unyielding love and commitment to His bride the Church, while simultaneously providing the most heavenly peaks of joy and contentment for us in this life – in a single act accomplishes the glory of God and our satisfaction.

And as I write this and consider it further, the thought recurs that God has intended this from the beginning. When creating man, God declared, “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Gen. 2:18) When taking that in the same mouthful as Paul in Ephesians 5 declaring that the love of husband and wife is the visual medium/illustration of Christ and the Church (Eph. 5:22-32), one must realize that God’s ultimate intention to keep man from the “not good”-ness of being alone is with His own presence! This was the relationship in the beginning: God walked with Adam in perfect communion, and Adam with God. Then, God created the marriage relationship in order to build a flesh-and-bone picture of His intentions for his eternal relationship with man. And what blessings marriage brings! What contentment and overwhelming love! What comfort and encouragement!

Marriage is meant to reflect God’s relationship with His people. God created marriage because it was not good for man to be alone. Thus, we can imagine God saying, “It is not good for man to be alone, and so I will send my Son to bring man into an eternal closeness with me, that he never be alone – on earth nor in heaven.”

And now, the fervency of God’s desire that man not be alone is most fully beheld in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. What God foreshadowed in marriage was realized in Jesus. What God painted in the love of husband-wife came to life in the person of Jesus. God in heaven, the architect of the stars and the author of existence, cares about the temporal and physical lives of man. In order that man might not be alone in this world which He created, God created a wife for him. And now, in the life and death of Jesus, in order that man might not be alone in this world nor in eternity to come, God has made mankind to be His own bride.

Jesus came in the flesh, because we are flesh. The husband came in like form to His bride. And in this way the temporal and the eternal meet! The lonesomeness of our present lives in the flesh is not lost on God, and so He sent someone to us in the likeness of our flesh. And in that One whom He sent is held the hope of eternal love; the perfection of God’s intention to keep man from being alone.

This is why Paul speaks of man’s ability to remain single for the sake of the gospel (See 1 Corinthians 7): the basic need of mankind to be in relationship, to be not alone, is satisfied in the person of Jesus. The Eternal One descended to us in our likeness, and before leaving proclaimed in all His truthful authority, “Behold, I am with you always, even to the very end of the age!” (Matthew 28:20)

“It is not good for man to be alone,” God said. So, He created marriage to give us joy and comfort in this life.

“It is not good for man to be alone,” God said. So, He sent Jesus to be made like us, and die for us, in order that He might walk with us all the days of our lives, and we might be with Him all the days of eternity.

God does not want you to be alone. This is why marriage exists: God cares about your joy. And, in part, this is why Jesus came: so that you might not be alone, neither now nor in eternity.

He is good.


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