The Kingdom-Driven Family

Building a Home That Serves Christ and His Kingdom

mantobealoneOnce, I was joking with my husband about an instance where I had followed through on something he’d forgotten to do. I commented, “Honey, God knew you’d need me. That’s why I’m your wife.” He laughed and I laughed. Then, I got to thinking about what I had just said and realized that, not only was it true, but I hadn’t stated it completely. God did not merely know my husband would need me, he fashioned ME and foreordained ME to be my husband’s helpmeet.

This may sound trite and obvious, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that during those very times when I am upset with things my husband “is” or “isn’t,” my complaint really isn’t with him, but with God. You see, part and parcel of who I am and what talents I possess has everything to do with the reality that I was fashioned to HELP my husband—my specific husband. What’s more, in stating that it isn’t good for man to be alone, God was outlining for me, and wives in general, the high calling that we’ve being given. In a very real sense, we were designed to fill the holes and smooth over the rough spots of the husbands God gave us.

I know some might fear that this will become an excuse for husbands to take their wives for granted or to reduce them to status of slave or servant. Steve Schlissel in his excellent sermon, “Husbands, Love Your Wives” (available from Messiah’s Congregation),  gives a wonderful description of the common traps married couples can fall into. I used to make it a point to give it as a wedding gift with a recommendation that the couples listen to it one year after they’re married and once every year after that. In more than one case, husbands who have listened to the recording have come to their wives and apologized and asked for forgiveness for taking them for granted and abusing their position as husband.

I am not unaware of tendencies in some Christian circles to belittle women. In an effort to ensure that women don’t assume roles in church government not properly theirs, some men assume they don’t have any place in discussion or decisions. It’s as though their wives’ thoughts and opinions don’t matter—they are merely extensions of their husbands. Women in this position will find their comfort in fulfilling their God-ordained role in realizing they were fashioned to help their particular man, whether or not they are appreciated at the moment.

Marriage is a perfect institution comprised of imperfect people. Failure to put our whole effort into glorifying God through our marriages leaves us open for most of the ills our society inflicts. Marriage and the family are the basis of society; if we want to build a culture, we must start with ourselves. Both wives and husbands need regularly to evaluate their faithfulness to the high calling given them by God.

 

{This essay first appeared in Chalcedon Foundation's Faith for all of Life magazine in the late 1990s.}

4 thoughts on “It Is Not Good For Man To Be Alone

  1. Bernie Lambillon says:

    Thank you, Andrea, for this always pertinent reminder. I, for one, could not function without my Marie. When I hear the phrase, ‘better half’, there is no doubt in my mind which half that is. In a very real sense, wives are ‘better’ than their husbands, and through their faithful performance of their God-given roles as helpmeets, another true saying was born–behind every great man is a woman.

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    1. Andrea Schwartz says:

      I’m sure your words are music to your wife’s ears!

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  2. Marcy Oliver says:

    “God did not merely know my husband would need me, he fashioned ME and foreordained ME to be my husband’s helpmeet.” said so well, Andrea, I have believed this for years, thanks for republishing this article..

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    1. Andrea Schwartz says:

      Glad it resonated with you. Roger is the first to admit that you are indeed crucial factor in all that he does.

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