This is the free student devotional for And It Was Good, Session 2: Our Work With Creation.
Take a walk and notice your surroundings. Thank God for His creation and ask Him to prepare your heart to meet with Him today.
Think about the most beautiful place you’ve ever been. Keep that place in mind as you read Genesis 2:8-15. How do you think your beautiful place compared to Eden? Imagine how the garden looked. Draw your rendition below or describe it in your own words.
The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it. —Genesis 2:15
• Adam was the steward, the caretaker, of God’s creation. How are we supposed to be stewards of God’s creation today? Why is that important?
• Your stewardship of God’s creation reflects your relationship with Him. How?
God’s creation is not a disposable item. We are to continue to be good stewards of it.
Behind the Story
The word “placed” (v. 15) doesn’t mean God just stuck Adam in the garden. It literally means “caused to rest.” The word is used throughout the Old Testament to speak of God giving safety and rest to His people. God put Adam in a place of security where Adam could enjoy His presence. How are we as believers pointing to such a place in our future?
• Consider how you are stewarding God’s creation. List ways you can be a better steward. Pick one you will focus on this week.
• For further study, read Psalm 19:1-6 and Romans 8:18-23 and note how both speak to the importance of God’s creation.