When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land. 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.
Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. The second branch, called the Gihon, flowed around the entire land of Cush. The third branch, called the Tigris, flowed east of the land of Asshur. The fourth branch is called the Euphrates.
Devotion by Chris Shiver
God has provided us with all we need – the earth thriving with life in all of its beautifully diverse forms, and with it the knowledge on how to utilize it for good and also for evil. We have now so thoroughly utilized the earth that many scientists now believe we are living in the Anthropocene Epoch, the first geological time period marked not by dramatic changes in the earth due to natural forces, but by the changes caused primarily by the actions of the dominant species. I wonder when the Creator looks down upon us does God still smile at the sight of the good earth that was made, or does God weep at what the earth has become under the stewardship of humans?
Jesus, I pray that I would be mindful of all that I do that affects the creation. Amen.