Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I didn’t have to work?” If you are like me, you have many interests. I wish I could spend more time doing research. Other days, I just want to sleep! (yes – I could stay in bed all day if I knew I could!) Other days, I wish I could just play. I would like to go on a long-term mission. I would like to learn to play the piano. I wish it wasn’t so hard to earn a living!
When God created this world, he made Adam to work. God created this beautiful garden of Eden and furnished it with the most luxurious vegitation and beautiful trees, like cedars, pine and plane trees (Ezekiel 31:8). God then gave Adam work that employed all his powers. He trained Adam to cultivate the garden and to take care of it. (Gen 2:15) This way, Adam is to be happily absorbed in work that makes him happy. There are no thorns or hard soil to frustrate him so that he works without any problems. He really enjoys his work! Then, since Adam is to have dominion over the whole earth, the Lord God personally trains him for this position. God instructs Adam to name each animal. He learns the particular characteristics of each one.(Gen 2:19-20)
When Adam sinned, God said, “”Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day.” (Genesis 3:17-19)
Now I know why work is so hard! Thanks Adam.