THIS SERIES: HOW TO LIVE IN REST
Because God’s final creation was Adam, it meant that when man came on the scene, everything was done. Finished. We can imagine the delight of Adam & Eve as they took in their surroundings. We can imagine the wonder and excitement as they explored their habitat; the exclamations of joy as they encountered one blessing after another. It was replete with provision for their every need.
It also means that as the last act of creation before the Lord rested, Adam & Eve's first day was also a day of rest. They were to rest in, enjoy and celebrate God’s finished work. They were to rest knowing that every provision had been made for them.
Moreover, there wasn’t one aspect of that provision that they deserved. Nothing that they had earned. It was all grace – all the unmerited favour freely given by a good God.
Adam & Eve were given charge over the Garden of Eden to nurture and develop it. This was when work was about pursuing destiny and calling, in partnership with the Lord. This was before work had a price tag: the sweat of the brow, and unfruitful toil. This was when rest was about relaxing in provision rather than collapsing in exhaustion.
What robbed Adam & Eve of their enviable position of rest?
The fundamental temptation for them, brought by the Evil One, was to believe that God was not good, and that He was withholding good from them.
And this is still the root cause of unrest today. We really have to deal with the lie that says otherwise: God is good; He pours out blessings on us moment by moment. Like Adam we need to delight in and explore what has been freely given to us. We don’t earn these blessings, we don’t deserve them, we don’t have to make ourselves worthy, and we don’t have to groan & strain to receive them. We are blessed because we are His children. That’s all.
So the next important lesson in rest is understanding that God is a good God, who blesses us abundantly with good things. We can rest in that supply knowing there isn’t one thing we can do to deserve it.
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