Can You Trust God?

Genesis 2:9,15 (NLT) The Lord God made all sorts of trees
grow up from the ground – trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious
fruit.  The Lord God placed the man in
the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 
But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree
in the garden – except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

Was there really a garden called
Eden?
About a year ago, I wrote What’s
Behind the Story
, touching on my view of the literal interpretation of
Bible stories, particularly the early stories for which there are no eye
witnesses. 
Along those lines, let’s consider the
Garden of Eden.  No one knows whether
Eden was an actual place or not, but it was definitely a concept.  The story tells us what God intended for the
world.  If we step back from the details,
we can capture the feel of the place. 
Beauty and harmony reigned as is often
portrayed by images of a lion and lamb lying together peacefully.  Humans enjoyed perfect relationships with
each other and spent time daily talking intimately with God.  Competition, accusation, greed, deceit, and
jealousy didn’t exist.  There was no
pain, disease, sadness, regret or shame. 
God provided plentifully.  It was
Eden.  Some would say it was heaven.
Where did it go wrong?
There was only one rule.  God gave them complete access and control
over everything except this one tree.  It
turned out not to be a magical tree that would suddenly reveal universal
knowledge.  The tree was about trust.  Trusting God. 
Trusting that God was good – that He knew what was best for them.
The humans in our story couldn’t
take it.  God was holding something
back.  There was something better than
Eden and only God knew what it was.  So
they sought to know what God knew.  Of
course, God knew the guilt and shame that disobedience would bring.  God knew the complicated relationships that would
result from finger pointing and dishonesty. 
God knew.  He also knew it was
best they didn’t know.
God still knows.
Although we have everything we
really need, we want more.  Trusting God
feels vulnerable.  Depending on Him feels
out of control.  Is God holding back on
us?
Does God know best?  Can
we trust God?
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Like a productive garden, a rich
relationship should be tended regularly. 
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