“God certainly does give us more than we can handle. And he does it “to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead” (2 Cor. 1:9). If you’re facing overwhelming adversity and you wonder how God can possibly deliver you and work it for your good (Rom. 8:28), then take heart from Judges 7, Romans 8, and 2 Corinthians 1. When God gives you more than you can handle, he is giving you the joy of experiencing his power to do the humanly impossible “so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:5).”
Things Not Seen by Jon Bloom, p 160
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“The Gardener Returns”
Recall what Adam was created to be: the gardener. Everything God made was “good”—but everything was not yet garden. God wanted Adam to exercise his dominion by expanding the garden. Having given him a garden to begin with, God was saying: “Now, Adam, I have given you a start.” Just as we might say to our children, “Here is a start. Now you go and do the rest.” Adam was to “garden” the whole earth, for the glory of the heavenly Father.
But he failed.
Created to make the dust fruitful, he himself became part of the dust. The garden of Eden became the wilderness of this world.
But do you also remember how John’s Gospel records what happened on the morning of Jesus’ resurrection? He was “the beginning [of the new creation], the firstborn from the dead.” But Mary Magdalene did not recognize him; instead she spoke to him “supposing him to be the gardener.”
Well, who else would he be, at that time in the morning? The gardener? Yes, indeed.
He is the Gardener.
He is the second Man,
the last Adam,
who is now beginning to restore the garden.
– Alistair Begg, book: Name Above All Names