The Beauty of Work

Gen. 2:15   Yhwh Elohim took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

Those first days of delightful discovery moved into a more mature and natural rhythm of life. Adam, created for relationship, was given a place in the new creation. He was provided with purpose, with direction. This new garden was given to him to work to maintain. 

Wow; the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How great is His love!! The new man, Adam, through God’s loving gift of work was able to participate with His Creator in caring for the garden. The animals living with him could depend on the work of Adam to preserve their abode. They would learn to love and appreciate his care.

Rest is indispensable but without work, rest is just laziness, an unending lying around, idle hands, idle time. But work gives us place, purpose and direction. Our hearts must go out to those who have no work. To lose one's job is to lose one's place. However, the redeeming joy is that our true value, our worth is given to us by our relationship with our Creator, the lover of our soul.

But Adam enjoyed not only the privilege of work, he was also assigned to keep the garden. To look after and manage, to guard from anything that might threaten the peaceful existence of all who lived there.

Adam, working and keeping the garden was given dominion over it to lovingly care for and protect it and to guard the safety and well being of all the animals. Beautiful harmony and unbroken fellowship with God and one another. But even in this place Adam felt that something was missing. In the garden, on the earth, he was alone in creation--the only one of his kind.