God planted a garden in Eden

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. Genesis 2:8-14

Some spend so much time trying to locate the Garden of Eden on earth that they miss the fact that earth was created by God as a home to humanity. Even if we could locate Eden’s exact spot we would not find some utopia garden. Man’s sin changed the earth as well as us. Once Adam and Eve sought to become like God with knowledge of good and evil they brought sin on all the earth. No longer would life be easy, we would have to toil for our existence.

But that is not how it was in the beginning. There was work to do tending the garden but the plants put out abundant harvests. Life was good. We still see this goodness in creation be it a sunset or an eagle flying or maybe a butterfly or hummingbird. The fact that we managed to mess things up should not detract from the beauty and grandeur of God’s creation. Even with man’s sin the earth still manages to provide for us from its bounty.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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