THE PRIMARY REASON FOR MARRIAGE
14th January, 2020
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE PRIMARY REASON FOR MARRIAGE
Genesis 2:18 (NIV)
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Our theme Scripture reveals the mind of God for making a suitable helper for Adam. He said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” Once we grasp what God intended to achieve by giving Adam a suitable helper, we will be able to appreciate the primary reason for marriage.
“Aloneness” is not the same as “loneliness.” “Alone” means, “all-in-one.” Adam was not lonely; he was all in one. The rib God removed from Adam to form Eve was initially in Adam; so Adam was “Himself plus Eve, all in one.” But when God formed Eve out of that rib, they became two; because two are better than one. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NKJV), says,
“ Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labor.
 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
It’s beautiful when Scripture answers Scripture! From the above Scripture, it’s obvious that God made two out of one because the two have a good reward for their labour. Meaning, Adam needed a companion who was suitable to help him have greater results than he would have achieved as a single individual. Adam had a purpose for living and that’s why God gave him a helper suitable for him to achieve that purpose.
A man should not look for a wife because he feels lonely! If there’s no purpose for living, one can be married and still be lonely. A man should look for a wife because he needs a companion to help him achieve a purpose. Therefore, marriage is primarily for companionship, for purposeful living.