This week my wife and I took a week’s vacation at beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Though Myrtle Beach offers many venues of entertainment; we came with the purpose to rest and recuperate. There are many places we could have chosen but one of our favorites is Brookgreen Gardens.
I think it is one of the most beautiful places in the South. I especially love the beautiful oaks with the Spanish Moss. The Gardens also has fantastic sculptures, water gardens, flowers, native wildlife and much more.As we were walk under the towering oaks, I commented to my wife if this is so awesome, I cannot imagine what the Garden of Eden was like.
Some ‘scholars’ say that the Garden was a myth as was Adam and Eve. I choose to believe God’s Word and believe the Garden was a reality. Some ask the question, “Is heaven just the Garden restored?”
Yes, the Garden of Eden will be very much like heaven but heaven will be so much better as to not even compare with it. The best part is that God will dwell with His people. The New Jerusalem and the Garden of Eden also had one more thing in common — God was in their presence.
I don’t think humans have the capacity to fully understand the grandeur of God’s creation.The Garden of Eden would have been a climatic paradise; everything about God’s creation would have been perfect; after all, He had pronounced it “very good.”
Genesis 1:31). What God says is ‘very good’ cannot have any flaws whatsoever. Therefore, the world in which Adam and Eve lived would have been the perfect temperature, the perfect humidity, without pests or diseases, and without anything that would detract from their enjoyment of knowing God in a perfect, undiluted way. Surely, this is what is meant by the word ‘paradise’.
I think the songwriter was correct, “Where Jesus is this heaven there.”
I remember hearing a story about an elderly couple that was out for a Sunday drive. Things were quiet when the wife suddenly broke the silence, “Sam, do you remember years ago when we were dating we would go out for a drive in the country?” Sam smiled and said, “Of course I do.” “And do you remember how we would sit close to each other? (This was before seatbelts were required.) Why don’t we sit close anymore?” Sam’s response was, “I didn’t move.”
The reality of that story is that every relationship requires maintenance. This may be the reason many couples divorce after 30, 40, or even 50 years of marriage. The kids grow up and go off to college; the husband and wife look at each other and realize they are married to a stranger. A relationship will not survive if you do not make the effort to keep it alive. Often neither husband or wife will admit they “moved” in the relationship; they just drifted apart.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ also needs to be maintained. But we are the ones who need to keep that relationship alive and we do that by staying close to Him. As with any relationship, you choose how close you want to be with someone. It is a choice only you can make. The wonderful thing about a relationship with Christ is He is always constant.
- He never changes. Hebrews 13:8.
- His love for you never changes. Psalm 136
- His commitment to you never changes. “…The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us.” Hebrews 13:5
If your relationship with Jesus Christ has lost its fervor if it seems He is so distant; ask yourself, who moved? If you turn around you will find Him where you left Him!
I love how technology has made our lives easier and better. Take for example the motion sensing light. You park your car in the driveway, you begin to walk towards your home and Voila, a light comes on to illuminate your steps. I have them in my garage. When I enter at night, I don’t have to search for the light switch, the lights come on automatically. When I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, a small motion light keeps me from stubbing my toe on the furniture.
But as convenient as they are, there is a Greater Motion Light. Jesus said He was the Light of the world and promises us if we follow Him we will not experience darkness. John 8:12 Light and darkness cannot exist in the same place. (Profound huh?)
The purpose of light is a revelation. You shine a light to reveal the next step on your path. Light helps you find items in a dark room. Light reveals there is nothing to fear from that unexplained sound you heard in the dark.
The Bible calls Satan the Prince of darkness. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going… John 12:35 Satan will attempt to shield people from the Light lest they see the truth and are converted. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” 2 Corinthians 4:4
But unlike the motion sensing light you can buy at Lowes, Jesus our Light is not fixed to a physical location. He goes with us everywhere we go and gives you light.
Loneliness is simply feeling like no one really cares about you or about your life. Loneliness very well may be the most destructive emotion of all. Although you may feel alone, you must remind yourself that you are never really alone because the Bible promises it. When your heart tries to tell you that you are all alone and that no one cares about you of your life, your heart has been communing with Satan and listening to his dastardly lies.
The last words that Jesus spoke to His disciples reminded them that even though they would not be able to see Him anymore with their eyes, that He really would be with them always: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
The Biblical reality is that you are surrounded by God’s love and care every day of your life. There is nothing that can separate you from the love of God; you are securely surrounded by His loving care because He has promised it. Loneliness is a lie – a spiteful and hateful lie that will cause you to question the truth of God’s infallible Word.
Jesus really is your best friend, so begin to act like it today. Share your heart with Jesus and then listen to hear how He responds to you
One Sunday as they drove home from church, a little girl turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, there’s something about the preacher’s message this morning that I don’t understand.” The mother said, “Oh? What is it?” The little girl replied, “Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. He said God is so big that He could hold the world in His hand. Is that true?”
The mother replied, “Yes, that’s true, honey.” “But Mommy, he also said that God comes to live inside of us when we believe in Jesus as our Savior. Is that true, too?” Again, the mother assured the little girl that what the pastor had said was true. With a puzzled look on her face the little girl then asked, “If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn’t He show through?“
If God is on the inside of us, He will show through to the outside! If the fire of Christ is burning on the inside of us, then that fire will spread to the outside and to those around us.
Horses are not loners by nature, so it’s common practice for thoroughbreds to keep a horse known as a companion pony for friendship and support. The friends that accompany racehorses both on the road and at home are not limited to horses, however—dogs, sheep, goats, and even chickens have served as companions. Thoroughbreds are high-spirited animals and the companion pony often calms the race horse before the race.
David was a soothing influence in King Saul’s life when a “distressing spirit” troubled him (1 Sam. 16:14). When Saul’s servants learned of his problem, they thought music might ease his affliction. One servant summoned David, who was a skilled harpist. Whenever the king became troubled, David would play the harp. “Then Saul would become refreshed and well” (v.23).
Jesus said, “ I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper who will be with you forever” . John 14:16
God will never leave us comfortless. He sent His Holy Spirit to us as our Comforter. God knows all that we’ll face in this world, and knows we cannot possibly do it in our own strength. The Holy Spirit within us empowers us to walk with God in a corrupt and dying world. When there is so much hate around us – He loves us. When there is so much negativity around us – He encourages us. When there are lies all around us – He shows us the truth. When there is so much fighting and discord around us – He gives us peace. He is our daily comforter – our Standby. And will be forever!.