“And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed…Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him’…And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”
Genesis 2:8, 18, 25 (ESV)
Aren’t we all searching for the Garden?
Deep in our souls, we know that’s where we belong.
Walking with our Father.
Sharing our heart.
Knowing His love.
Love, perfect, complete
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”
Genesis 3:6 (ESV)
Yet, she was tempted.
She wondered if there was more.
She had everything.
No need unmet.
And she wanted more.
Perfection reached out for more.
“Therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.” Genesis 3:23
She lost the Garden.
She lost perfection.
She lost everything —
Except what was most important.
His love cannot be thwarted.
His Son took on flesh to mend what was broken.
His Son suffered and died to restore that walk.
Jesus restored what was lost.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Colossians 1:13-14 (ESV)
By His grace we can walk with the Father.
Share our heart.
Know His love.
Not perfect, but forgiven.
The tempter still comes.
He still whispers there’s more.
And we choose sin.
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.”
James 1:14 (ESV)
But those redeemed by Christ can never be snatched away.
Belief in Jesus seals us in Him forever.
We can walk with him in heavenly glory.
By faith if not by yet by sight.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
Ephesians 1:13-14 (ESV)
I’m like Eve. Even though I have all I need, I still hear that whisper…Don’t you want more? More comfort? More stuff? First place? More time to yourself? More entertainment? More, more, more… just do what you want. Indulge yourself. Yet, what I truly need is always available. My Father is listening; He’s right beside me. When I walk with Him by faith and look to Him to fill the emptiness in my life…He’s enough.
We all want more.
But what we need is Jesus.
He’s right there waiting to fill our need if we’ll reach out in faith. Let’s reach out to Him and rest in our Father’s love.