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Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: The Helper

by P. Brian Noble / October 11, 2019

Scripture

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18, ESV)

Thoughts

Here we read, “The Lord God said….” This is God himself speaking: the King of the Universe and the One who created us. He says that it isn’t good for humans to be alone; we were created for relationship. We were created to be close to others. Often single people who want to be with someone, to have help with life, end up choosing to do many things on their own after they marry. In the same way, too many people who are following Christ somehow try to do the Christian walk on their own.

In this part of Genesis, the topic is Adam and Eve and marriage, but there is a significant parallel for all believers: the Helper whom God has sent to believers today. God has made sure that you don’t have to be alone relationally or spiritually. As Jesus explained to his disciples, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you." (John 14:16–17, ESV)

The Helper is with us forever. Spouses will pass away and friends may abandon us, but the Holy Spirit is our forever Helper. As Jesus said in John 14, the Helper lives in you. And as Paul wrote, the Spirit prays for us (see Romans 8:26-27). Be encouraged that God has provided for us so perfectly.

Application

Whether you are single or married, whether you have many friends or just a few, are you trying to live your Christian walk on your own? Are you trying to do things in your own strength? Please listen: God did not abandon us after redeeming us through Jesus. He has given his Spirit to each child of God. The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives inside you with all his power (see Ephesians 1:16-17).

Prayer

Lord, help me to have a new awareness that I am not doing life alone. I want to live humbly and gratefully, relying on the One who lives in me….

(Continue praying.)

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.