Daily Devotional
God’s Design for Unity

“And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’ Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”

Genesis 2:18-22

Ponder This

In the garden, Adam named the animals, but he was evidently looking for a mate. He had a certain loneliness about him and none of the animals seemed to fit. God saw his need and made Adam this woman He called Eve. When Adam saw her, what did he say? It loses something in translation. He says, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Genesis 2:23). Now, what did he mean by that? What he was saying was, “She is not another animal; she has a skeletal structure, and she’s a person like me.” “This is bone of my bones.” He’s been looking at all the animals, and they’re so different, and then he looks at her and he says, “I like that. This is bone of my bones; this is flesh of my flesh. She is like me.” If you want to know what God’s pattern for the home is, right here we see it. God made for Adam someone like him. He not only liked her because she was like him, but he also liked her because she was not like him. God brought together both things in perfect harmony.

  • How well was God’s design for unity in marriage modeled in the home in which you grew up? How can you improve the unity in your home now?
  • What are some ways you celebrate similarities and differences?

Practice This

Write a list of reasons that you are thankful for God’s design.


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