Today’s Reading: Genesis 2:7-17
Daily Lectionary: 1 Samuel 19:1-24; Acts 28:1-15

The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. (Genesis 2:8)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. “Every good and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). This is most certainly true. It’s evident from what we see in Genesis 2. God had just created all that is as a gift for mankind. He had created the sun, moon, and stars to be enjoyed “for signs and seasons, and for days and years” (Genesis 1:14). He had made all the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and every living creature for man to enjoy and care for (Genesis 1:28). All the plants were created for enjoyment, too—for food (Genesis 1:29)!

If that weren’t enough, Yahweh had more gifts to give. A Garden full of trees for eating. There were the life-giving Tree for eating, and the other tree for not eating—both gifts from the Lord. He gave Adam a helper suitable for him, a wife. If we can see and learn one thing about the LORD God from Genesis 2, it’s that He’s not a stingy God. He pours forth His gifts. He showered them upon “the man whom He had formed.” He showers them on us, too.

Yet we doubt the Lord’s generosity. We think He holds back from us. He keeps things from us. We want more (more friends, more popularity, more clothes, better cars and phones), and when the Lord doesn’t give it to us, we think He’s stingy with His gifts, or worse, that He doesn’t love us.

Repent. The Lord showers gifts upon you. Jesus proves it. He came down to earth from heaven to save you. He died and rose. He was showered upon you in the waters of Holy Baptism. You have received Christ who is the light of the world. He is the ultimate perfect gift from the Father of lights. You have Jesus, and as we see in Romans 8:32, through Him a loving, heavenly Father, “who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Evening and morning, Sunset and dawning, Wealth, peace, and gladness, Comfort in sadness: These are Thy works; all the glory be Thine! Times without number, Awake or in slumber, Thine eye observes us, From danger preserves us, Causing Thy mercy upon us to shine. (Evening and Morning, LSB 726:1)

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