Destined to Thrive

This morning I started the journey of walking through the Bible in 1 year.  To be completely honest, I have tried this many times before, and I allowed life to get in the way.  I have maybe read the entire Bible front to back once or twice.  I have read large chunks of the Bible, and through that way I have probably read the Bible 7 to 10 times, but almost never starting at the front cover and working towards the back…

Here’s to the Journey!

7 Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. 8 Then the LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. … 15 The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. – Gen 2:7-8, 15 NLT

From the very beginning of creation we find the deepest intent of God’s heart.  He made man in His image, perfect.  It was not enough for God to just create man, but God created a garden for that man.

Work is not evil.  From the very beginning we see that God placed man in the garden to not just enjoy its beauty, but to tend to it and watch over it.  To nurture it.

It was Adams destiny to thrive in that place.  God’s intent is that we would thrive where He places us.

We must thrive where God plants us.  He is always faithful, and will plant you where you can thrive.  For Adam it was in the middle of a garden, for John the Baptist it was in the desert.  Yet even in the desert, John had access to water, life giving water.  It would have been very difficult for John to baptise people if there were no water.

So no matter what your surroundings look like, if God has placed you there, you have all you need to thrive!  No matter the circumstance, you can thrive!

Lift your eyes!  Exalt the Lord!

Thriving is not about the condition of your belongings and the people around you, thriving is about the posture of your heart.

20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 21 He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!” 22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. – Job 1:20-22 NLT


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