“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.”

Genesis 1:11

The Bible tells the story of creation, declaring that in the beginning the earth was formless, empty, and dark. Yet even then, the Spirit of God hovered over the waters (v. 2), and His magnificent creative power was about to burst forth. We read the details of the creation process: First, the formation of night from day, then the separation of dry land from waters, and then the marvelous filling of the earth with lush vegetation, animals, and people.

As a gardener, I find great delight in God’s creation and often experience His presence as I dirty my hands in the soil. I’ve seen a wasteland become a place of serenity and beauty after several years of laboring on my own plot of land. Although I have planted and toiled, He has given the increase far beyond my ability to bring such amazing results.

Jesus tells us His Father is the gardener. The Master Gardener will amend the soil of our lives. He’ll pull out the weeds of sin and selfishness. He’ll prune unfruitful branches, all to the Father’s glory (John 15:8).




Scripture Focus

John 15:1-8

Insight

Jesus promises that a fruitful life will spring forth from Him, the vine, as we abide in Him.

Bible In A Year

  • Deuteronomy 23-24
  • Psalm 91
  • Acts 15