DEVOTIONAL PAGE - "Brethren, I have written a letter unto
you" (Hebrews 13:22).
October 1, 2018
The Eden Life
"Eden," ah, the
name calls! It quietly woos and summons
us to remember our beginning. That
beginning was with God, in His will, In
His presence, in His loving favor. Then
And ever since God has worked steadily
and sacrificially to have us back where
we belong, in the Eden life. He opened
the way for this through His Son's
viciously beaten, broken, bloody body
and the unfathomable horror of His
separation from the Father.
He has always been calling us back to
Eden. Through the centuries and
Scriptures, Old and New, He has used
every kind of alluring, enticing
language to draw seekers of the Eden
has modeled the Eden walk before our
eyes in the lives of His intimate ones.
Abraham, Moses, Daniel, David, Paul,
John, and other friends of God embodied
the Eden life in this alienated world.
It was a life of deep fellowship with
God, sustained by God's grace and their
discipline and a deep trust in His
merciful love, sovereignty, and purpose.
It still is.
Psalm 36 paints a vivid, captivating
picture of Eden living. "To thee men
come for shelter in the shadow of thy
wings; they have their fill of choice
food in thy house, the stream of thy
delights to drink; for life's own
fountain is within thy presence, and in
thy smile we have the light of life"
(vv. 7-9, Moffatt).
Eden life begins when one fully trusts
Christ for salvation, thereafter
sheltering under the "wings" of His
sovereign, protective covering. There is
"choice food" aplenty there, natural and
spiritual, as one draws near Him daily,
living in His spiritual "house," or
presence. We eat our fill of nourishing
insights from the bread and meat of His
Word as well as provisions for our
bodies. Ah, but there's infinitely more.
fountain" - the proverbial fountain of
youth - is there in His Presence. We
drink in endless, revitalizing
refreshment from His Spirit as we pray,
praise and worship Him, and read
devotionally at His feet. Even when we
quietly offer thanks, the fountain
rushes up and overflows (John 4:13-14).
"stream" of natural and spiritual
"delights" it creates flows steadily as
we stay in touch with the Source. Daily
delightful answers to prayer, intimate
disclosures of God's nearness and
guidance, fellowship with other Edenic
Christians, and the mercies of
forgiveness flow our way without
ceasing. In the Hebrew, this "river of
your pleasures" (KJV) is a play on the
word for "Eden" (RSB, note). Thus, this
river is linked to our origins in Eden.
all, however, is the light of God's
"smile," or beaming favor. It shined on
Adam originally in Eden and shines on us
as we live the Eden life. There is no
joy on earth to equal the sense of God's
favor, that He is pleased with us. This
light of His favor energizes, spurs,
inspires, transforms - and we live life
in this lower world on a higher level.
It is a
pure, clean life; a sustained uplifting
life; a life that, like a potent river,
flows farther and stronger daily; a life
that cannot be damned up except by sin.
No enemy, tribulation, or persecution
however fierce or relentless can spoil
or halt it.
Numerous Bible passages resound this
call to Eden with its "life's own
fountain" and "stream of thy delights."
Psalm 16:11 allures: "In thy presence is
the fullness of joy." Psalm 46:10 points
to "a river, the streams whereof shall
make glad" the city and people of God.
Ezekiel 47:1-12 describes this river of
the Spirit (or Presence, or life, or
revival) and the amazing life,
increasing depth (power), and rich and
regular fruit it creates.
And finally John, an Eden man who
listened to Jesus' heartbeat there for
three years, gave us the greatest
prophecy: the redeemed will at last
reoccupy Eden (Revelation 21-22).
you and I may live this Eden life now,
every day, in this evil world, in these
confusing times, if we cultivate the
secret place of sustained, intimate
fellowship with Christ (John 15:1-8). He
was in the first Eden. He will be in the
last. He awaits us now in the present,
If you have never turned from sin to the
Savior, come now to Eden and trust,
live, and revel under the shadow of His
If you are already living the Eden life,
continue, and He will "continue" His
"loving-kindness" there (v. 10) so you
may be a greater blessing to others.
Until, for the redeemed, this world
ends, once again, in Eden.
Greg Hinnant Ministries
PO Box 788, High Point, NC