Today I am looking at Genesis 1:28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.’” Adam and Eve had it made! God blessed them with everything they would ever need including a beautiful Garden to live in.
God created them and loved them so much that He gave them every blessing they would ever need. How awesome is that? Can you imagine not having to toil to get food…it was already there, all they needed to do was just pluck it off a tree. They didn’t have to worry about any need, it was already provided. There was no need of money, food was provided, a home was provided, and God gave them dominion over every living creature to take care of. That was Adam’s responsibility. God also gave him another responsibility, and that was to be obedient to God’s instruction, for there was one tree Adam and Eve were not to eat from.
However, God also gave them a free will, it was their decision to obey or not. Therefore, they became disobedient and because of their disobedience, God needed to punish them. They were banished from the Garden, God required an animal sacrifice for atonement, Adam had to toil to provide food for him and his wife, and Eve would go through pain in delivering her children. Even in this, God provided. He provided the animals needed for sacrifice, for food, for clothing, He provided the materials needed for a shelter. Despite Adam and Eve’s disobedience, He still provided blessings for them. He loved them and wanted to show His love by blessing them.
What I get from this is that even when we are disobedient, God still loves us, and He still blesses us. There will be punishment for our sin, but our sin doesn’t negate God’s blessings. There will be consequences, but He still blesses. The Bible says that it rains on the just and the unjust. (Matthew 5:45) God sends His blessings on those who love Him and those who don’t. Does that mean we can keep on sinning? No, God desires for us to repent for our sin and reestablish our relationship with Him. He is a good Father who wants to be in constant contact with His children, loving them, providing for them, blessing them.
I find that an encouragement. Even when I do something or say something that God is not pleased with, He still loves me, He still provides for me, He still wants to see me prosper in everything I do, He still wants me to come to Him for everything. He doesn’t turn His back on me, and when I’m so far away from Him, He guides me back to His side. In my despair, He wraps His arms around me and loves me. He protects me from the enemy and a lot of times, from myself.
I think that sometimes, we don’t see God’s blessings, we see our circumstances. When life gets hard, it is difficult to see that God is in the hard times, blessing us. It seems like He is so far away, but in reality, He is right by our side. He is waiting for us to look to Him for the solution. Many times, it isn’t God who moved, but us. We strayed from the pathway He laid out for us, and now we are struggling to find Him again. All during this time, He is ready to pour out blessing upon blessing over us when we acknowledge our need of Him. Be encouraged! God loves you no matter where you are in your walk with Him, and He wants to bless you!