But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.
So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
(GENESIS 2:20-25, ESV)
When God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18), God was declaring that man was created and designed to experience deep intimacy with another person of the opposite sex.
God designed marriage to fill this deep need for relationship between a man and a woman. This relationship is described as the two becoming one flesh.
Marriage is part of the discipleship process, the process of becoming more like Jesus.
It is in the intimacy of marriage that deep, painful, issues can be brought to the surface and worked on so that both spouses grow closer as a couple and become more like Christ.
THE BIG QUESTION
If you are married, is your marriage reflecting the “oneness” described above?
Reflect on what you can do to help make your marriage the best it can be.
Have you received your spouse as God’s gift to you?
If you are not married, ponder this question: What am I looking for in a spouse? What qualities am I most concerned about?
Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.