Time For God: June 10

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: Genesis 4:25
And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”
Hanging baskets form a shower of glory. Their colors announce spring is here. Thawing winter’s gloom they brighten rainy days dispelling overcast skies. Bee colonies are abuzz harvesting their floral bounty. We delight to make our annual hanging basket selection.

Those long winter months will often kill these annual plants. Yet, each new spring surprises us. Sometimes, a plant returns against all expectation. Or, an empty planter comes alive with new flowers randomly seeded by birds passing overhead. Often, they are weeds—but sometimes flowers.

Adam and Eve, our first parents, know the sting of disappointment. The searing scar of shame threatens to entrap, disgrace, and enslave. Shame’s dark cloud masks the sun, dispelling all hope. Their murdered son, Abel, produces a lost generation, an empty world. His death precludes the birth of myriad later generations. Murder sours Cain’s future progeny yet to be birthed by guilt. A bad seed bears bad fruit …until God intervenes.

God does step in. Our Master Gardener redeems, remakes, and renews. He raises deadened souls to newness of life. He tends, nourishes, and protects our roots, encourages our shoots, and harvests our fruits …if only we will let Him (Ephesians 3:14-19; James 3:17-18).

Eve bears another son, Seth. God’s gift redeems his parents’ shattered dreams, rebirthing hope. Seth’s seed brings hope into a broken world. Luke 23:38 places Seth in the direct line of Jesus.
God plants His good and fruitful seed; He fulfills His eternal purposes:  For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations (Isaiah 61:11).  

God plants with divine purpose. The dove of the Holy Spirit is no random seed dropper. He does not seek just any hanging basket. He seeks the humble of heart, the broken or despised. Self-hatred consumes a soul; God’s deliberate action unshackles hostages to self-loathing setting lost souls free. The poor in spirit testify: God has appointed another seed for me.

When all is lost and the game is up, how does God step in for you? When have you reached the end of your hoarded resources only to discover God’s power, provision, and peace? Who needs to hear that story today? Who is waiting for your encouragement birthed in adversity?

Heaven is, dear Lord, where’er Thou art, O never then from me depart;
For to my soul ’tis hell to be but for a moment void of Thee. Amen.
Bishop Ken (1637-1711)
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