God Fills Every Need
Nº 2 - January 2 Genesis 2:15-25
In Genesis 2, God re-tells the story of His creation with more detail. This time He focuses on the man He formed out of the dust of the ground. God didn’t just speak him into existence, He hand-crafted him and breathed into his lungs to give him life. Then God placed him in the middle of His extraordinary creation. Adam was God’s “magnum opus”—His ultimate masterpiece. He was at the heart of God’s redemptive story. Before Eve existed, God assigned Adam a task. His job was to be the caretaker for the Garden of Eden. From the beginning of time, work had a special role in God’s design for human significance and happiness. Through the plants and trees that He created, God had supplied all the food Adam could possibly need (Genesis 1:29 and 2:16), but Adam had to harvest it. However, there was one tree that was off limits. God gave Adam this command: “You must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Adam could choose whether or not to obey God’s command. This choice made him unique from all the other animals that God had created. He could interact with his Creator on a completely different level. He had a soul that connected him spiritually. Obedience to this one command would indicate whether or not Adam wanted to be in fellowship with God. He was far more than just a robot or a servant or another creature. Adam had so much to experience and enjoy in this new world, but he was alone. God knew this. However instead of creating a human companion, God gave Adam another job. Picture the crazy scene as, one species at a time, God led the birds and animals in front of Adam so that he could name them. Have you ever wondered why God gave him this task? Have you ever had a pet? If so, did you name it? What did the act of “naming” it signify? Whether you knew it or not, you were accepting responsibility for that creature. It was no longer a generic animal that had to take care of itself. You were indicating that you were accountable for its welfare. That’s what Adam was doing. He was accepting his role as caretaker for all the animals that lived in the Garden. But something else happened during that exercise. As clucking birds waddled in front of him, Adam named them—hens and roosters. Large mammals chewing their cuds became cows and bulls. They all seemed to come in pairs. I don’t think it was long before Adam glanced down the line hoping to find a creature designed to uniquely correspond with him. Adam began to realize how alone he was without an equal. That’s when God created the perfect one for him (and from him). Adam was excited. Although he was now missing a rib, his new marriage partnership made him whole. He had a “soul”-mate. By giving him Eve, God took care of every need that Adam had.
Is there something you feel is missing in your life?
Are you learning to trust God to provide it for you
Or are you trying to fill the emptiness yourself?
Give God the opportunity to take care of you. He loves you and wants to fill all your needs.