Lessons from Genesis 2:15

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it

Before God put man into the garden of Eden, He first prepared everything for man. He made sure there was fruit trees, and every type of tree and plant that was pleasing to man.

9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.

The trees were not only good to look at but also good for food. God laid it all on for us – there was no need to go and produce food. Food was there in abundance and in variety. And when God had made everything just right, he instructed Adam to then look after the garden and to care for it. God made it so that if Adam worked it and cared for it, the ground would yield everything the man could want.

In the same way God prepares evertyhign that is good for us as people – he is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1) – and we have to just take care of what God has given us. We each have been given talents and abilities, and we must look after them and care for them. If you want to know the nature of God, just look at these verses above – God did everything to make life good for us. His intention was for us to have a great life on earth, filled with success and pleasure.

God took great care over us Genesis 2:7

Then the Lord God formed a Man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Everything that was created was spoken into being. God spoke and it was so. But when it came to making man, God formed us from the ground. To say He formed us, shows that he crafted us with great care. When you form something, you work at making it just right. It can take a while. Speaking takes a second – but forming takes time. So we see that God took extra care over making man.

Then we see that God breathed into his nostrils. God did not just add breath, or give him breath, but he breathed into him. That is like mouth to mouth resuscitation. It is the act of giving life and breath from one perosn to another. God breathed into mans nostrils. And then he became a living being.

I know God cares for me. Not just because I can see the care he took when he made man at the start, but because of how he has continued to show that he cares about the things I love – my home, my family, my work, my church. God has been kind to me over the years. I have been truly blessed.