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‘The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there He put the man whom He had formed.’ Genesis 2:8 NKJV

God placed the first man and woman in a garden. It was the ideal place for them to succeed in the assignment He had lined up for them. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh. But Jonah didn’t like the people there, so he did a runner instead. And wound up having a whale of a bad time.

Have you ever experienced the pain of a dislocated joint? It’s miserable. So is trying to ‘do your own thing’ instead of doing God’s will. You can go the easy way or the hard way; God gives you that option. But eventually you’ll go, or you’ll go under. Jonah is an example of this—the last thing he ever wanted to do was complete the assignment God had lined up for him. He ran into a storm, caused misery and loss for everyone on board the boat with him, and finally hit bottom before he decided to go where God wanted him to go in the first place. Learn from Jonah. Don’t repeat his foolish, costly, and unnecessary mistake.

God told Adam to ‘be fruitful and multiply.’ (Genesis 1:28 NKJV) Then He told him, ‘You have to work at it.’ When you get to the right place, don’t expect your assignment to be easy or think you’ll become successful overnight. When Paul prayed for relief, God told him, ‘My grace is sufficient for you.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) When you’re in the right place, doing what God wants, you’ll thrive in conditions others crumble under because you’ll be ‘graced’ to handle it.

SoulFood: Is 17–21, Matt 9:27–38, Ps 96, Pr 3:5–6

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021

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