Beloved, the scripture tells us in Genesis 2:18, "And the LORD God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.'"

The book of Genesis is a book about beginnings. It tells of how our world came into being and why it is the way it is. Genesis 1-3 is a painting, an epic story, a beautifully crafted piece of poetry. And like all good poetry, its use of words and phrases are important to the overall message.

If you read Genesis 1-2, there’s this phrase that is repeated over and over again in the creation story. God speaks something into existence, and it appears. God surveys His work of creation, while the following phrase is repeated over and over again: "And God saw that it was good."

This is the image that we are given of creation at the very beginning. Whatever God created, He saw as good. Everything was good. Everything was right. Everything was as it should be, that is, except one thing.

Genesis 2:18 captures an astounding statement. In a world where everything God has created is "good," one thing in the garden isn’t — "It is not good for man to be alone."

Now what makes this statement so astounding is that it comes before Genesis 3. We have this false image in our minds that everything before mankind’s fall into sin was perfect and the way that God wanted it to be, but apparently there was one thing that was not working so good. Aloneness is the only thing wrong in the garden. Humanity was never meant to live life alone.

Listen, from the very beginning of creation, the portrait we see is that humanity is wired for relationship. People crave being close to others. The account of Genesis 1-2 tells us why. God is a relational being, and when He created humanity in His own image, He created us as relational beings as well. We were not meant to do alone.

In fact, 46 times the New Testament reminds us of what we should be doing for "one another:" loving one another, serving one another, forgiving one another, meeting one another’s needs, bearing one another’s burdens, and that's just to mention a few. The Scriptures from beginning to end proclaim this one fact: mankind was not meant to live life alone. Truth is, we really do need each other. Amen! Love, Bro. Tim