The Garden

Devo Scripture: Genesis 2:4-25
Key Verse: “For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5

Generally speaking people like to be “in the know” wouldn’t you agree? No one likes to be kept in the dark or left out if there’s something juicy to be had. My daughter can drive my oldest son absolutely bananas by saying four little words…I have a secret. And then she follows it with…and I’m not telling you. Oh he can’t hardly take it! It doesn’t matter if the secret’s simply the fact that she’s decided to wear her brown boots to school. If the word secret is spoken then my son sets out on a maddening quest for enlightenment.

But who can blame him really. We are inquisitive people and inquiring minds want to know! I think God gave us Genesis 2 to satisfy our inquisitive nature (at least a little) for it’s packed with insightful information. We learn how God kept everything irrigated (v. 6). We learn that God made man from the dust of the earth. It’s not surprising then that we need such things as oxygen, potassium, iron, magnesium for the “dust of the earth” is made up of these very elements! We learn that a river flowed out of the garden and divided into four. Could this be “the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Rev. 22:1)? It’s surely possible! For next to the river, on either side is “the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month” (Rev. 22:2). We learn of this tree in Genesis 2 and of another, the one not to be eaten of. We also learn how woman came to be and of God’s plan for man to work the garden. We learn of marriage and God’s plan for one man and one woman to become one flesh.

But upon a closer examination of the scene played out in Genesis 2 I realized something this time. An impactful revelation of the goodness of our God sprouted new life in my heart. God could have placed Adam anywhere on earth. (ANYWHERE) But he chose to place him in a beautiful garden. In the Hebrew the name Eden conveys a sense of luxury or pleasure. It was a paradeisos or paradise. God lovingly placed Adam in paradise! “And out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food” (Genesis 2:9). This was no backyard vegetable patch! It was full of every tree that held desirous, delectable fruit so delicious there was a party with every bite. No bad piece of fruit in God’s produce section!

From the beginning it was God’s desire to bless man and shower him with goodness; His goodness. It was God’s plan to be in fellowship with man and there could be nothing more wonderful, more desirous, more enjoyable than keeping company with the Creator. Psalm 100:5 declares, “For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” The LORD is good my friend! Too often we let life’s circumstances distort our view of God’s goodness. We evaluate God’s goodness based on our good fortune. But God is good apart from how we feel. God is good because it’s His nature to be good. It’s his nature to be kind, loving, generous, and faithful. Just as much as it’s his nature to be holy, just, and sovereign.

God proved his love and goodness at Calvary. He owes us nothing yet in Christ we gain everything. Though we face many trials in this world, Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33). Though we struggle with sin and fight temptation in Christ we have victory (1 John 5:4). Though now life often disappoints the eternal life awaiting the believer will only delight!

This world is messy. It’s not what God wants nor does our suffering and sorrow bring him pleasure. That’s why Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and resurrected so he can one day make all things new again. So he can restore the relationship broken by sin and restore the paradise he deeply desires to bestow upon us. God is good and has desired from the beginning to bestow His goodness upon us. Believe it and trust Him. He desires nothing but the best for us. And his best is himself. Whatever it takes to know him more is worth every step of the journey. I have no doubt there is someone who needs to hear that today. Oh wait, I think that someone just might be me.

Contemplate and Evaluate:
What is your view of God? Do you truly believe God is good?
Does your view of God’s goodness shift depending on circumstances? Why or why not?image

2 thoughts on “The Garden

  1. Well said… God is always good & I am always loved. That is something I hang onto in my difficult circumstanes of chronic pain. He is NOT defined by my circumstances.

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