This post was spurred-off of a conversation that I had with a friend recently (as do many of my posts). We were talking about settling in life, choosing a lesser way because the better has not yet come.
A story of a certain man searching for a companion came to mind while we were talking. The story about the first man and his search for a companion. Adam was no different than you and I. He had a desire and wanted to see it fulfilled.
God saw that desire. Which tells me He sees your desire too.
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) NIV
God is going to bring a solution to the lack in this man’s life. Now in our natural minds we would probably guess that the next step God is going to take here is to fulfill this man’s need…right? Well, let’s find out:
Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. (Genesis 2:19-20) NIV
Okay, here’s the kicker. Adam was looking. Adam was actually looking for His companion amongst the creatures that God brought before Him. Picture this with me if you will:
He looked at the dog and thought, “Is this the one?”
“How about that one? Is that my helper?”, pointing at a lion.
He probably looked at the hippo and thought, “Well she’s big, but she will keep me warm at night!”
Yes, I am having a little fun right now, but we have to actually realize that Adam was on the lookout for a companion. God had already said He would make one, and these creatures were the very next thing that God formed and brought to man. Makes sense, right? Adam thought so. And we usually think so too.
What if Adam had grown tired of looking and had settled? I can picture it. Adam had been naming animals for what seemed like an eternity. (Naming all of creation could not have been a quick or easy task.) He was getting to the end, and there she stood. She had 2 legs, she had two arms, she had hair, she had a face with all the features in the right spot – this lovely creature that he named Gorilla. Could this be the one? I mean, she wasn’t perfect, but then again who is?
You might say, “Paige, you cannot be serious that Adam actually considered a gorilla as his mate!” Sounds silly, right? But the Bible says, “But for Adam no suitable helper was found.” Correct me if I am wrong, but the word “found” is used and that usually means somebody was looking.
This situation almost seems laughable to us, but how often do we find ourselves in Adam’s place? We have been going about serving God and searching for that ‘certain’ something or someone. And what would have been completely out-of-the-question in the beginning, starts to look ‘okay’ in our eyes after a certain period of time. We slowly start to settle for the gorilla.
Had Adam known what Eve was like he wouldn’t have been looking in the first place. He would have been waiting. But sometimes we get tired of waiting, so we start looking, and eventually we find something or someone who is ‘close’ to what we were looking for.
Oh, and don’t think that God won’t honor your choice. He gave you a free will – the freedom to choose for yourself. Had Adam chosen the gorilla – we might just have evolved from apes!
We all have a choice. We can choose to settle, or we can choose to wait for God’s best no matter how long it takes. Whether it be a relationship, job, education…wait for God’s best!
Worth the Wait
Adam could have been a little disappointed when he finished naming the animals and hadn’t found a mate, because to his knowledge that’s all that existed on the earth at the time. Just when we start to feel like we have exhausted all of our resources that’s when God usually shows up and does the impossible.
I can hear God now, “I’ve got to knock this man out before he makes a serious mistake!”
“God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man. The Man said, “Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.” (Genesis 2:21-23) MSG
I believe all thoughts of gorillas left his mind at the point. He was probably in awe of what God had just given him. And that will be our reaction if we hold out for His best. His best is bigger and better than you can imagine.
There will be many opportunities in life to settle. Doors will open that are not necessarily the doors you should walk through. Relationships will come that shouldn’t be pursued. Opportunities will arise that look very close to what you wanted, but close enough just doesn’t cut-it. We have to determine here and now that no matter how long the wait, we are going to skip the ‘gorilla’ and wait for God’s best.
Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want. Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you. Psalm 37:4-5 NCV