"The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God." – Genesis 17:8
“Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.”
God continues his creative acts on the Third Day by creating something that can use the land he has made. And so, God creates plants that will grow and flourish all over the planet. However, we know from Genesis 2, the plants had not yet begun to actually flourish on the third day. He didn’t make a world filled with huge redwoods and beautiful roses. For, the word says that when “no shrub of the field had yet appeared on the earth and no plant of the field had yet sprung up”, “the LORD God formed the man” (Genesis 2:5-7). Therefore, God created vegetation, the seeds were there and they were ready to bear more seeds “according to their kinds”. However, they hadn’t yet filled the Earth. God wanted “man to work the ground” (Genesis 2:5).
God can do a great many magnificent and unbelievable things. He could have created all of the plants completely formed. Yet, he chose to prepare things for his final creation. Rather than simply create everything in its complete and final form, God wanted to give man the pleasure of working the fields. Sometimes we can get so caught up in asking for something from God that we forget that He expects something from us.
God requires work! We can’t be Christians and sit back on our laurels waiting for God to perform a miracle. We have to BE that miracle! God has granted us access to an amazing assortment of seeds (his Word). He has told us about the various kinds of terrain we will encounter (Matthew 13:1-23). And he has told us to get out into the fields! The word “Eden” is a word that means “pleasure”. The Lord’s work is not tiresome or burdensome, it is a pleasure! For we have the very Spirit of God to sustain us!