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A Christian Devotional on Genesis 2:8-9 and 1:28

Pastor of Iglesia Conexiones, a baptist church in Jessup, MD. B.A. in Bible, B.S. English Ed., M.S. in Educational Leadership.

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And Yahweh God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And Yahweh God caused to grow every tree that was pleasing to the sight and good for food. And the tree of life was in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

— Genesis 2:8-9, LEB

Insight

God planted a garden for the man and placed him there. This garden would be the man's home. And, in that garden, God planted beautiful trees of edible fruit for the man to eat and enjoy. God also placed the Tree of Life in the middle of the garden—eternal life was God's gift to man.

Further in the second chapter of Genesis, we also read that God created a woman so the man would not be alone; and, back in the first chapter, we read that God blessed them. “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of heaven, and over every animal that moves upon the earth,” God said to them (Genesis 1:28, LEB).

God did all these things for several reasons: (1) God is good and generous, (2) God loved the man and wanted what was best for him, and (3) God wanted to give the man meaningful reason for the man to choose a life of fellowship with God.

Yes, you read that right, God wanted the man to make a choice. God gave the man the opportunity to make a choice because God wanted the man to make a choice—we're not puppets in the hands of God, He is waiting for us to make a choice.

God also doesn't want us to make just any choice—He wants us to make a good choice, the best choice. God wants us to choose Him so we can receive life and blessings.

Prayer

[Use this prayer as a guiding basis to develop your own prayer.]

God our Father, you are good and generous, worthy of my gratitude, trust, and love. You created the first man and the first woman, and you gave them good reasons (excellent reasons) to follow you—but the choice was theirs to make.

Similarly, you have shown us your great love and your great grace by sending Jesus, your Son and Messiah, to save us. So I choose to follow you, to submit myself to you, so I can live in harmony with you, and receive the life and blessings that you offer.

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I repent of my sins, and I choose to pursue holiness. I repent of my own values, and choose to pursue your values, your judgments, your rulings because I believe you are good, and you desire what is best for me and all humanity.

Although at times I do not understand your ways, I choose to trust you—teach me your ways, oh righteous God, oh good and genours God, oh loving and gracious God.

Show me your goodness, show me your mercy and your grace, show me your righteous paths, and show me the life and blessings you offer. Let them be real in my life—manifest and evident—so loving you and trusting you, and being faithful to you, can be easier everyday. Amen.

Reflection

Use the questions below to (i) discuss them with God as you pray, (ii) write your answers on a journal, (iii) meditate on what your own answers mean to you and to God, (iv) discuss them with others. You can also share your answers with other readers by entering them in the comments section below.

  1. How has humanity experienced God's goodness?
  2. How have you experienced God's goodness in your own life?
  3. What events in life challenge your belief in God's goodness?
  4. Why is God's goodness not always apparent to you?
  5. Why is it important for you to keep believing in God's goodness?
  6. What does it mean to follow God?

Memorization

Don't forget to memorize this verse. Read it aloud to yourself, then copy the first letter of each word in the verse on an index card, notebook, or post-it note. The way this works is that, next time you want to recall the verse, looking at the letters will provide you a hint that will help you remember the verse, although you won’t actually be reading the verse. Don’t forget to review other verses you previously memorized. Here’s the first letter of each word in today’s verse(s).

AYGPAGIEITE, ATHPTMWHHF. AYGCTGETTWPTTSAGFF. ATTOLWITMOTG, AWTTOTKOGAE. (Genesis 2:8-9, LEB)

BFAM, AFTEASI, AROTFOTSATBOH, AOEATMUTE. (Genesis 1:28, LEB)

Invitation

Thank-you for reading this devotional. I hope it has been a blessing to you. I to invite you to follow my profile so you can receive notifications when I post new devotionals.

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