Looking for the Garden of Eden

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“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.
Worshiping Him.
Praising Him.
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.
Unconditional love.
Complete acceptance.
Walking perfection.
Pure heart.
Untainted mind.
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.
Unconditional love.
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.
Worship Him.
Praise Him.
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.

Susan Aken

Susan is a homemaker, substitute teacher and writer. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Her other loves are her husband and son (she is now an empty nester). Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church! https://susanaken53.wordpress.com/ http://susanakenphotos.wordpress.com/ http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/susanaken

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  1. I love your devotionals, but the page width is too wide and the font size too small to read on anything smaller than my laptop. I would like to be able to read them through the day to keep me focused on God.

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    • Hi Lorie,
      I am happy you enjoy the devotionals! Thank you1 Your question would have to be answered by admin. I don’t know if that could be changed. Thank you for reading! God bless you!

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    • Hi Lorie,

      Thank you for your question. I’m not sure what device you’re reading the devotionals on. I have an iphone and ipad and am able to bring up the devos in a readable format. I’d like to know if you’re able to view it on “mobile” versus “desktop.” I’ll be sure to look into it for you! Thanks so much for joining us!

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