Thursday, March 06, 2014

Preparing for Easter ~ Place of Paradise

[Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting  Psalm 90:1-2  
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore God’s Presence, our dwelling place. Are you dwelling in the presence of God? ~ Donna Howell Oswalt]


“And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He put man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:8-9 ESV

God creates the Garden of Eden as an oasis, a paradise where He desires to dwell alongside of mankind. This magnificent garden contains all that is necessary to sustain life. In the garden, mankind finds purposeful work and divine fellowship, as well as a place to worship the Creator. In this place, God establishes the institution of marriage. Man and woman, created in the image of God, have all that is needed.


Yet, in this place surrounded by the righteousness of God, trickery and deceit test the obedience of Adam and Eve. Without confession of sin and true humility, they begin to offer excuses. God sends them out of the garden, and “at the east of the garden of Eden” He places “the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.” Now, a separation exists between man and God, and there is no way back into the garden. Holy, Holy, Holy, I cry out to the Most High God. Forgive my sinful ways, my rationalizations of sin, my good intentions, my failure in obedience, my selfishness, my apathy. There is a broken road between You and me that is beyond my repair. I long to once again dwell alongside You. Count me alive in Christ. I desire to linger in the garden with You. ~dho

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