This week the scripture Proverbs 4:23 has been on my heart. With so much going on in the world today, and with the amount of negative things that we are exposed to, it is imperative that we guard our heart and mind against things that will effect us in the long run. Proverbs 4:23 tells us that we are to guard our heart dilengtly; for out of our heart flows the issues of life.
Last night while I was sitting listening and talking to a friend of mine, the words "till your garden" came to my heart. While I sat and listened to my friend, I didn't want to be rude but I sort of zoned out for a few seconds to see what The Holy Spirit wanted to say. As I begin to think on what was laid on my heart, I instantly thought of the book of Geneis and the garden of Eden.
The garden of Eden was a place where intimacy was birthed with the human race. The first man identified to us through scripture was a man named Adam. It was in the garden of Eden that God and man exchanged conversation with each other. Adam, who was created by God, was given an assignment to "tend" and "keep" this garden.
Genesis 2:15 reads, "Then the Lord God took the man(Adam) and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it." As I read this scripture and pondered on what was laid on my heart, till...tend...keep stood out to me. Naturally I know and understand the meaning of these words, but I wanted to take a more in depth look at them from Webster's Dictionary. Webster described these words as:
Till: to prepare; to cultivate
Tend: to listen; pay attention; serve
Keep: to take care of; to take notice of by appropriate conduct: fulfill; to stay in accord with; preserve; to maintain a course, direction or progress.
I truly believe that by these three definitions from scripture, the Lord is still asking and requiring of us to "till", "tend" and to "keep" our heart before Him, as well as take care of the things, places, and people that He has given or assigned to us.
Everyone has a "garden" and everyone has something in their lives that requires preparation or cultivation. Everyone has something in their lives that requires attention. Your garden may be marriage; your garden may be your children, responsibitlies on your job, learning how to forgive, create a business, walk in peace, being diligent in excercising or applying wisdom when spending money. Whatever it is that you can identify as your garden, OCCUPY it and be diligent in watching over it and keeping it!
Know that God has already predestined for your garden of "Eden" to be fruitful and to grow into what He has purposed, Genesis 2:9. As you keep your heart with all dilengence by seeking Him and tending to the things that He has given you, you will see the fruitfulness of your labor.
You are blessed!