Speaking of Adam in Genesis 2:18, God said, "I will make a helper (ezer) suitable for him". Ezer – what greater title could a woman want – this is one of God’s titles! Ezer is derived from “Azar”, a Hebrew word referring to God as "helper”. It means “one who comes alongside to aid, assist, or rescue”. You’ll find it used multiple times the in Old Testament, often in reference to military aid. The ESV Study Bible notes that the helper is “one who supplies strength in the area that is lacking in ‘the helped’".
This word and scripture tell us something about both you and your husband. You were meant to help him and he was created to need you. Don’t believe the lie that you are less important, weak, or insignificant. We certainly wouldn’t pin any of those traits on God/Ezer, right?
A few years ago, we lost our nephew in a terrible event that was traumatic to the whole family. My husband was asked to do the funeral. While the rest of the family was grieving, he was preparing a message and organizing the service. There are SO many details to attend to at a funeral! So, I was Ezer. I ‘supplied strength in the area that is lacking in the helped’. I took some of the load off of his shoulders. I was the buffer between him and a million detaiIs. I ran messages and errands. And I held my husband’s hand and offered words of encouragement before the service and in the car on the way to the cemetery. It was my created purpose to be his helper, encourager, and strength. When it was all said and done, I felt like I had indeed been in battle and providing military aid to him. I was fending off the enemy of weakness, discouragement, and doubt.
That’s just one of my stories. What is your story? Look back. Can you see the times when you have been “ezer”? Be honest - can you see the times when you coud’a, should’a, didn’t? You can use those experiences to help you be “ezer” in the future.
I challenge you to wear this name with dignity and honor! God created you to be strong enough to aid, assist, and rescue!
Special thanks to our guest blogger, Cheryl Whitt.