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.”
Have you wondered, Dear Christian Sister, what God did when he made us to be a helper? He gave us a huge job description, no doubt about it, one that was designed only for us and could only be met by us. We got the job, because we filled all of the qualifications for the position of the helper comparable to him, that is, to our husband!
We have been carefully selected and joined by God to our husband to meet his needs. If we look at other faithful Bible translations we will understand our role even better: “help mate” (KJV), “suitable to him” (NIV and NASB), and “fit for him” (ESV). We hold a diploma in each of those categories, so hang it on your wall, because we are going to enjoy our job and live up to the expectations of the King Himself!
Even better, our design as helper encompasses much more than matching our husband’s socks or making sure dinner is on the table when he returns to the home. We are helpers for mankind—helpers for the others in our family, helpers for our community, helpers for the church family and helpers within the Kingdom of God.
We shall never be bored, dear ones, because God gives us a tall order, He expects us to deliver, but also, He beautifully gives us all the equipment and resources we need—the models of Godly women who appear throughout the Scriptures.
As helper to our family, let us take note of Hannah, mother of Samuel. In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah prayed for a son. When our merciful God heard her prayer and gave her the son, she returned him to God, dedicating him to the service of the Lord, and making a special little coat for Samuel each year. Women blessed with children, remember this sweet action of Hannah when your children have special needs—physical, emotional or spiritual, when they require discipline for teasing one another, when they are gobbling down their favorite dessert that took half a day to prepare. As Hannah provided a little robe for her son, so we should provide a prayerful coverage of loving hope for our children—dedicating their life for the service of God. It makes all situations, even the most trying ones, so much more effortless-day after day after day.
As helper in our community, a great example is the beautiful Abigail. As you read 1 Samuel 25, note her genuine concern for damage control. Abigail’s husband, Nabal, was a mean individual who dishonored even the king’s personal envoys. When King David heard of his nasty treatment of them, the king was ready to send his army and destroy Nabal, along with his community. Abigail takes a treat of delicious food to King David and his army and apologizes for the vile behavior of her husband. When Nabal dies, King David sends for Abigail and marries her.
There are often situations in our community, the workplace—even the extended family—that may create distress in our personal relationships. People gossip about each other, grumble to each other, grit their teeth behind each other. I believe that we all have seen it happen, at the supermarket, on the highway, at the Little League tryouts and, yes, at Thanksgiving Dinner. We can be helpers of bringing the community back together, mending fences, allowing others to make something good out of something offensive. We may be perceived as little Pollyannas, but we may be the very ones used by God to present Jesus Christ to spiritually bankrupt people, and it does not require a degree in labor relations. Proverbs 25: 11 says: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Our next Thanksgiving Dinner table will look great with that as the centerpiece!
Finally, sweet Sisters, we can be helpers for the Kingdom of God in the role of evangelists. In John 4, the Samaritan woman at the well met Jesus face to face. He told her she was a sinner and, in so many words, He made her understand her need for a Savior and that He is that Savior. She joyfully and humbly went into her village—a village that most probably despised her because of her unholy lifestyle. The people of Samaria believed Christ as the Messiah and craved spending time with Him. Likewise, we should gladly obey Christ’s final command before He ascended into Heaven. Matthew 28: 19-20 reminds us of this command: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We are privileged to present Christ to people everywhere, by the way we respond, by the way we act or react, by the way we speak. These are very real ways we are helpers in the Kingdom of God. There is a hungry world out there and we have been bestowed the eternal Bread of Life that so many need right now. Let’s help feed them.
Our God made us exactly how He wants us for His purpose, for His Kingdom, for His name. May we be blessed today, Christian Sisters, to be a helper somewhere to someone for His glory!
From one Helper to Another,