Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by turtle30c
Genesis 2:1-14 KJV
(1) Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
(2) And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
(3) And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
(4) These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
(5) And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
(6) But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
(7) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(8) And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
(9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
(10) And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
(11) The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
(12) And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
(13) And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
(14) And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
If you never take time to look at your work, or never take time to sit and reflect, you will never know what you accomplished. If you never know what you accomplished you can never enjoy it. If you take a moment to reflect you a least know what you did. You will at least behold your efforts for a moment. Yet the moment is short lived. Yet if you never take that moment you forget what you have done.
God is not man who forgets, so His need to reflect is not the same as ours. His time of rest is not the same as ours. He took day seven to enjoy the work of His hands. The labor and the bounty of His creation. I have to wonder did God go swimming in those four rivers, did he walk through the woods, the fields, and the deserts. Did God sit and ponder about the things He made and say well done? It appears God might of done that. He looked over His creation, enjoyed His work. Yet His labor was not finished. He still had work to do. Yet to day we are only thinking of reflection, taking time to enjoy. Throughout scripture there was always a time of rejoicing, a time to enjoy the good things of life. Retirement is suppose to be that way, but for many people it is not. The need to store for time of winter in life is short lived by those with disabilities, and those that loose their life from unforeseen accidents and health issues. If you never take a vacation even if you remain at home, you never enjoy anything from your labor. If you never take a day of rest you never enjoy anything from your work. If you never take time to enjoy life, you only are caught in endless war of work, sleep, eat, and doing the chores that must be done to survive. You never get the opportunity to enjoy life or reflect on those things important to you has a person. This time of rest is needed for the inner soul.
God’s rest might not be quite the same as ours because of His perfection, but our need for reflection is there. God only told man not to look back on sin. After all Lot was warned and lost his wife who did. Sin can not be changed, but what you do after can be. Yet sin should not even be in our thoughts. Our reflection needs to be on our hope that is found in Christ. The hope of how we see our world changing for good. Dream big and work hard and you will see the fruit of your hands. Yet even your fruit will pass away. God’s work in the physical since one day will pass away. God’s creation was not created for permanency but for a time. Yet He gives his children the hope of eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus. So when those things of this life is over, all things will become new and we will walk on the streets of the New Jerusalem with God.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the reflection of hope of eternal life, the one reflection what will become new forever and not pass away. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Hebrews 4:3-5 KJV
(3) For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
(4) For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
(5) And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Daily God’s Promises: Psalms 23:1-3 KJV
(1) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
(2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
(3) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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