Trust me when I say this that this post has been the most difficult for me to capture in words. I am not quite sure how successful I have been in writing what I want to convey, but I have honestly tried my best. I hope and pray that as you read further, God would reveal more to you and that you would have a revelation of what God did for us and with us in the Garden of Eden.
My most favourite passages of scriptures in the bible have been Genesis 1 and 2. I have read these chapters a thousand times and they never fail to fascinate me. I’m sure it’s the same with each one of you to read how God spoke and things came in to existence, just like that. Simply amazing!
However, I want to focus on something that happened after God finished with all His creative work. Something that God did immediately after finishing His work on the 7th day.
Genesis 2 , 1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done.
I now wonder how I missed such an important thing all these years. And as I meditated on these two words; a host of questions sprung up in my head. Because, for most part of my life, I have imagined God as He is spoken of in Psalms 121:4 “Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep”.
Why did God need to rest? Was He tired? Can God get tired? And if He did rest in Genesis, why did He cease resting by the time we reach Psalms? What had changed so much since Genesis? I needed answers to these questions desperately.
The Bible tells us that God made man in His own image and in His likeness. In Genesis 2:8 says 8And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden [delight]; and there He put the man whom He had formed God.
I realized that apart from man, Eden was the only other thing God made (planted) with His own hands. And, He kept this man that He created in the garden that He himself had planted.
Eden was Adam’s world; everything he needed and would ever need was available there. In chapter 1 and verse 28 God told them to be fruitful, multiply and have dominion. Following which, in chapter 2:2, God rested.
The man (Adam) that God placed in the Garden of Eden was everything that God was. Because everything that God is He put in to him. The character, the divine nature of God was in man. Then man was put in this garden called Eden, which means a place of dominion and rulership. So what I understood is that God equipped man with everything that He was and then put him in a place and position of dominion.
This is the key. God knew what and how He had made man and where He had placed him. So, God was confident that man could take care of any situation, exactly the way God Himself would take care of it. So, He rested.
The problem with us today is that we forget who we are and where God has placed us. Where you are today is your world, your Eden. Yes, man sinned and lost his place but the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross restored everything. So for every small thing and every huge situation rather than rising up to it and having dominion over it, we run defeated, in fear and cowardice to God. Not that we shouldn’t. We must always go to God but with the understanding that He expects us to have dominion, which is why He created us. So it is because of man’s forfeited dominion and unawareness that it all has been restored to him through the cross that God does not rest anymore.
Friends, wherever you are today, it’s the place where God, our Creator has placed us. And if you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour then you are being restored to the divine nature of God daily. Remember that He created you and He expects you to have dominion over every situation and circumstance of life. Rise up, realize who you are and be what you are called to be, a winner. And let God rest in your world.
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