GOD said, “It’s not good for the Man to be alone; I’ll make him a helper, a companion….So GOD formed from the dirt of the ground all the animals of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the Man to see what he would name them. Whatever the Man called each living creature, that was its name. The Man named the cattle, named the birds of the air, named the wild animals; but he didn’t find a suitable companion. GOD put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. GOD then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man. The Man said, “Finally! Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man.” Therefore a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife. They become one flesh. The two of them, the Man and his Wife, were naked, but they felt no shame. The Message Bible, Genesis 2:18-25
It was God who decided that it was not good for man to be alone. As our designer, He determined that in order for us to function as He intends, it would be best that we be partnered up with a suitable counterpart, that we not be left lonely. A primary reason for marriage is therefore simply, companionship.
Marriage left to grow or nurture and water itself without the dedicated input of the spouses involved, will not deal with the loneliness issue all by itself. Marriage, after all, is merely a tool or platform if you will, on which two people can make the choice to ‘leave and cleave’, nurture and support each other in pursuing the greatest love and source of ultimate fulfillment.
Marriage means not having to travel through life alone. It can and should be a beautiful thing.
The Storycorps guys depicts this fabulously here…