it’s your pick: pick fruit or use pick axe

“…For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His.  Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience”  (Hebrews 4:10-11).

There is so much for us to learn from the original order that God instituted in the earth.  On the seventh day, the Father rested from all of His work of creating.  I don’t believe He was exhausted from His work, but He, instead, sat back, took it all in, delighted in its completion, and said, “It is good!”  This should perhaps redefine our understanding of the Sabbath:  coming together in unity to declare, “It is good, because God the Creator is good!”

Adam and Eve were given a blessed partnership with the Father.  Their task was to “be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.  Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28).  God also specified the means by which the two would eat:  every seed-bearing plant and every tree minus one….  He even specified the green plants for food for every creature “that has the breath of life in it.”

I love this picture of God’s grace.  Adam and Eve were graced by God with the sustenance for life.  Jehovah Jireh Himself planted the Garden; they were responsible for working it and taking care of it (Genesis 2:8,15).  When it was time for a lunch break, the two merely picked their meal from within the Garden.  The Garden is God’s grace.  It is where life flourishes out of the overflow of fellowship with the Lover of your soul.  Here, you pick fruit and enjoy the blessing of belonging and receiving from all that is His.  And, all that is His, is ours.  God’s sons and daughters partake.

As a result of their disobedience concerning the one tree, Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden and sent to dwell in a desolate place.  Now their sustenance would come through “painful toil.”  The Lord declared that by the sweat of his brow, Adam would eat his food (Genesis 3:19).

That’s quite the switch, isn’t it?  Working the field for food required Adam to pick the hard earth with his handmade tools.  His labor forced him to fight against the natural growth of thorns and thistles.

Do you also find yourself in a similar struggle in life?  Does something seem out-of-balance?  Perhaps you are working “soil” that only wants to produce thorns and thistles.  If strife is your motto, you are in the wrong place.

Let’s run back to the Garden, the place of God’s gracious provision!  Jesus has made the way open to us to re-enter the fellowship of God through our faith in His completed work of redemption.  We were once enemies of God, but as recipients of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are now children of God.

I do not know what issue you are facing today.  If you have not called upon the Lord Jesus Christ as the Savior of your soul, you must first do so.  For all who are children of God, the Garden is ours to enjoy.  We are called to the rest found in His perfect provision.  If you find yourself laboring in the field, picking at the hard area of sin and hardened hearts, come away from that barren place.  You and I were never meant to remain there.  We have been called into the Garden- the rest of God.  His provision for every issue of life is all that you and I need.

Stop striving.  Start picking the fruit of His grace.

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