Legacy Devotional: Day 3
The Garden of Eden: A Place Where God Meets Us
“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.” –Genesis 2:8, NKJV
Key Passage: Genesis 2:4-25
The Lord is a gardener and planted the most beautiful tropical garden for Adam and Eve to live in and enjoy. Exotic trees, lush vegetation, waterfalls, streams, parrots, flamingos and tigers lived together in perfect harmony with our original parents. Far greater than the beauty of this garden though was the living presence of the beautifier Himself, the Lord who walked in the garden with His beloved creation. This was God’s purpose: God and humankind walking, talking and enjoying each other in a perfect state in a perfect place. There were no hymn books, organs, cathedrals, programmes or rule books but only a life-giving relationship between God and people in a beautiful place.
Such a relationship was held together on God’s end by His providential love and covenantal commitment to humankind and on the human side by their intelligent submission to God’s supremacy. Humankind was made by God and for God. Made to enjoy Him and work for Him and with Him in managing a beautiful garden. This was God’s House, or Church, as God originally intended it.
As we look back and see what God had in His heart for us in the beginning, we should remember that His character is unchanging. Although humankind disobeyed Him in the Garden, the desire of God’s heart is still for us to be planted in a rich, fertile place where we can grow in relationship with Him and in relationship with each other.
For us, this place is the Church, which is called to be a rich and fruitful field (1 Corinthians 3:9) or garden in the midst of society: an oasis of hope, blessing and relational harmony for our wider communities. As we are planted in God’s House and walk in relationship with Him, we grow and start to flourish, producing life and blessing for others.