The Only Thing That Was “Not Good” in the Garden

Did you know that there was only one thing lacking in the paradise of the Garden of Eden?  Everything was “good” except one very specific thing.

Genesis 2:18 says,

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

It is interesting that this is the only time that the LORD said something was not “good” prior to the Fall (Genesis 3).

Everything else God had made in Creation was created “good.”

Day 1: Light and Darkness (Genesis 1:3-5) – “God saw that the light was good” (v.4).

Day 2: Waters & the Heavens (Genesis 1:6-8)

Day 3: Dry Land & Vegetation (Genesis 1:9-13) – 2X “God saw that it was good” (v.10, 12).

Day 4: Sun, Moon, & Stars (Genesis 1:14-19) – “And God saw that it was good” (v.18).

Day 5: Fish of the Seas & Birds of the Heavens (Genesis 1:20-23) – “And God saw that it was good” (v.21).

Day 6: Beasts of the Earth, Livestock, and Adam (Genesis 1:24-31) – “And God saw that it was good” (v.25).

In case we missed the point that God created everything good, Genesis 1:31 gives us a summary statement:

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

But when we get to Genesis 2:18-25 (the story of the creation of Eve), we are told that it was “not good” that Adam should be alone. (The animals were nice, but not sufficient.)  Adam needed Eve.

So if you are a married man, thank God for your wife. If it was not good for Adam to be alone even in the perfect environment of the Garden of Eden before the Fall, how much more do we need the blessings of marriage in a world filled with sin and misery!

Some men have the gift of singleness (1 Corinthians 7:6-8), but for the rest of us, the respective wife that God gives to each one of us is a most desperately-needed helper and companion in life and ministry.


  1. You probably noticed that there is no “it is good” for Day 2 involving water and heavens (even though the spirit was hovering). Well compare that to Luke 3:21-22

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