The Dangers of Work - Work in Eden, Ep. 4
Work in a fallen world can be hard and frustrating and seemingly fruitless. But that doesn’t mean we should give up on the whole enterprise. Perhaps the best example of this is the relationship between God and humanity. God makes people and they disappoint, disobey and fight against Him, but He doesn’t give up on them. Even after the Flood and even after Israel’s rebellion. The story of the Scriptures is in part, the story of God not becoming hopelessly frustrated with His work, but keeping tending to His garden.
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”