Date: October 21, 2013 12:20 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God The Gardener
God The Gardener
"Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the East, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed." (Genesis 2:8)
Scripture Focus: Genesis 2:4-9
Gardening is hard work, and yet it is rewarding. There are profound reasons why this is so. We have a connection with the soil that goes all the way back to creation.
Though God spoke the heavens and the earth into existence, He formed the animals and the first man, Adam, from the "dust of the earth," the soil. Can you picture God's hands shaping the intricate human being into life? God placed him in the Garden of Eden "to work it and take care of it."
God, who planted the first garden, let Adam be its gardener. But Adam was a type of garden, too. God worked in him to produce the fruit of obedience to His will. After God formed Eve out of Adam, they were both His "gardens." He cultivated them with loving care, giving them everything they needed for a perfect life with Him.
Yet Adam and Eve sinned, turning the Garden of Eden and themselves into a weed patch. Still God provided a Rescuer for them and us. Now human beings can once again be God's "gardens." Abiding in Jesus, we will bear much fruit
Insight: God can turn your weed patch life into a fruitful garden. As He works in you, all your work will become meaningful.
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