Words from the Heart for Saturday February 10th, 2018
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
Genesis 2:15 (NIV)
Put in the Garden
As the Scriptures inform us of the creation of all things by our God, we are also told of the partnership that God intended as He placed man in the garden. Man was given both authority and an assignment. God has a very high view of our work. One of our basic needs is to be productive as well as to belong and have worth. He is with you today to help you accomplish what is before you.
Canada is a country of wide-open spaces. That means a lot of green space for gardens, arboretums, and straight up dazzling natural vistas. You could plan an entire vacation just visiting some of the best botanical gardens, arboretums, and parks across the country. There are hundreds of gardens across the country, but some, like Butchart Gardens in Victoria, the Niagara Parks, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario and the Historic Gardens in Annapolis Royal stand out.
We often think that work came as a result of sin entering into the world. But that is not the case. Genesis 2:15 says “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” God had created a beautiful garden. Many of us love visiting gardens, whether those in a friend’s yard, or the larger public gardens like Butchart or The Royal Botanical. As lovely as these gardens are, they would pale in comparison to the beauty of the Garden of Eden. It had been hand made by the Creator God. There was no sin at this point and no death. God had created it for Adam and Eve, and the Bible tells us that God took Adam and put him in the garden. You would expect that God would have told Adam to simply sit and enjoy the Garden. But that’s not the case. God told Adam to take care of it. I can’t imagine what would have needed taking care of, but God knew that men and women need a purpose in life. He will help you find yours.
These have been words from the heart.