Society today has a lot to say about a woman’s place in this world. Some believe that significance is marked by breaking barriers and shattering the glass ceiling, while others believe that a woman is most valuable at home raising babies. There are different opinions being thrown at women from every direction. But what does the Bible say about a woman’s role? Did God design women with a single mission in mind?
Let’s start at the very beginning. We see in Genesis 1 and 2 that God created the heavens, skies, light, vegetation, creatures, and man, but something was missing.
In Genesis 2:18, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him”(NLT).
He did so by taking one of Adam’s ribs while he was sleeping and making it into a woman (Genesis 2:21-22). The woman was named Eve, and she was the first female to walk the earth.
I want to discuss the word “helper” because some believe that being labeled as a helper makes women inferior to men. However, that is far from the truth. Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created male and female in his own image.
This tells us that both male and female are equally important and capable in the Lord’s eyes. Being portrayed as a helper does not devalue a woman, and this word is not used to describe someone who is less than. There are numerous verses in the Bible that describe God in the very same way:
“God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.”