4 This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth. When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. 6 Instead, springs[b] came up from the ground and watered all the land. 7 Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
8 Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. 9 The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The Lord planted a garden.
Not a desert.
Not a frozen tundra.
The garden is where life began. The garden is where abundant life existed. The garden is where God walked and talked with man. The garden is where the Lord tended the soil of man’s heart. The garden is where the enemy slithered in. The garden is where man doubted the goodness of God. The garden is where man trusted a created being instead of the Creator of heaven and earth. The garden is where man sinned. The garden is where Jesus suffered as His soul was “overwhelmed and crushed with grief” (Matthew 26:38). The garden is where our Lord and Savior surrendered His will to the Father to redeem mankind.
The sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve no longer dwell in a perfect garden, but the garden of our hearts (soul & sprit) still remain. The heart is planted by God. The heart is where we walk and talk with Him. The heart is where the enemy lies to us. The heart is where we doubt the goodness of the Father. The heart is where we trust the liar instead of the Way, the Truth and the Life.
May I ask you a question?
How’s the garden of your heart? (or is it a desert or frozen tundra?)
Is the Lord there?
Are you walking & talking with Him?
What’s the condition of the soil?
Are there rocks & weeds?
Are the birds eating the seed?
What’s producing good fruit?
What trees need to be cut & pruned?
What trees need to be uprooted and thrown in the fire?
God the Father created the garden. Jesus was there. The Holy Spirit was too.
God the Father created you. Jesus was there. The Holy Spirit was too.
God the Father planted the garden of your heart.
Jesus wants to tend the soil & sow the seed.
The Holy Spirit wants to be the spring that waters the garden of your heart, which will produce a great harvest for others to “taste and see that the Lord is good”(Psalm 34:8).
Will you let Him?