Many people are planting a flower garden in their yards hoping the last frost or freeze has past.
In the beginning, God created…..a beautiful garden which housed all of His creation including man. Adam and Eve grew in their relationship with God as daily they walked with Him.
Can you even imagine how beautiful that garden must have been all lush, fragrant, colorful and full of fruit?
God, the Master Gardener, created man and woman in His image to care and maintain the Garden of Eden.
They had 2 instructions.
- Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
- Do not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Adam and Eve must have lived in the most amazing location that ever existed in the world. How happy they must have been. Their relationship with God must have thrived in that Garden.
Oh wait…. Even in that amazing Garden, they struggled to maintain and cultivate a closer relationship with God.
"Snake" in the Garden!
Though the Bible never calls the Devil a snake, may refer to the serpent in the Garden as a snake. The creation known as the world, at that time, consisted of Adam, Eve, the serpent and God.
Other than the all the amazing items from the days of creation, that’s it. No technology, no career, no kids, no expensive house, car or thing to distract them from their walk with the Lord.
But there was a crafty serpent.
That serpent turns out to be a smooth talker who twisted, conspired and crafted a big fat lie for Eve and Adam to listen to rather than what God had told them.
You see God had made them in His image and then looked at His creation and said it was,”very good”. The more Eve listened to the serpent, the closer Eve walked to disobey.
The serpent deceived Eve into believing she wasn’t good enough, needed to be more and lied about the consequences.
Adam and Eve would eat the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and immediately their eyes were open to see they were naked. How did they react?
Hiding from God rather than walking with God
They made themselves clothing out of itchy scratchy fig leaves to cover their nakedness. Then they hid from God among the bushes. The Creator of the world and all that is in it went walking in the Garden to walk with His people.
Where did He find them? Yep, in the bushes trying to look like trees rather than the image of their Creator.
God never intended for them to look like trees.
But the crafty lying enemy has not changed tactics and is still scheming to distract, deceive and devour God’s people from remembering who they are and their purpose.
Growing in the Word of God
When we forget what God’s Word tells us to do or not to do, how to handle situations or who God says we are, we are listening to something else just like Eve.
We can walk with God each day through prayer and spending time in His Word. Doing so keeps us from listening to the world, the enemy or even what we believe about ourselves.
May the following Bible verses remind you who you are, who God is, how you can grow closer in your walk with Him and how your relationship can thrive and flourish.
Bible verses about growing in relationship with God
1 Peter 1:24-25
How to flourish in a relationship with God
Even though God never intended humans to BE trees, He does use trees as metaphors to illustrate what it means to be righteous and thrive with Him. Aren’t they just beautiful?
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion– to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD;
You are a planting of the Lord
Righteousness come from living in God’s Word. We cannot thrive apart from Jesus. Where a plant or tree is planted, the amount of sunlight and water the plant receives are important to their growth.
Jesus is our source of life and has provided all we need to grow taller, stronger and fruitful! His Word tells us to be rooted in love, soaking up the SON and being drenched in the living water. That is how we grow as a planting of the Lord.
1 Peter 1:24-25
for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
Grow closer in your relationship with God
The life of a plant whether it be a flower or a tree is similar to the life of a Christian. God’s Word is a seed that plants into our hearts. There we nurture it and it grows stronger until it bears the good fruit. The fruit we provide is our purpose in life on earth.
That fruit shares the seed, which is God’s Word, with others and the cycle begins again.
It seems like God, the Master Gardener, still has a plan for His people to maintain His beautiful fragrant garden. You are part of that garden.
May you bloom where He plants you, grow closer to Him in relationship and bear fruit that glorifies the LORD.
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