What do we know about sweat or sweating? The dictionary says it is the active use of energy to produce a result such as the use of elbow grease, labor, struggle, travail, work and exertion, etc.
Perspiring or perspiration is what we do as well when we are nervous, anxious and in a emotional distress.
When God created Adam, he never had to toil in the garden. He never sweat when he was tending the garden. Adam was made in the evening of the sixth day. His first full day was the seventh day. The seventh day was called the Sabbath day, which means rest. There was no sweating in the garden because all Adam had to do is speak to the situation and it would become what he spoke.
It was after Adam and his wife sinned with their disobedience that sweat was introduced into their lives by having to work by the sweat of their brow. To the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. 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. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.”
God also said to Eve... “I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy and in pain you will give birth. And you will desire to control your husband, but he will rule over you.”
God never wanted Adam to sweat. Stress and work causes sweat. The curse is not in the work, but the stress in the work. Now when Adam tilled the ground he sweated to make a living. This was because he had been driven out of the Garden of Eden.
The Garden of Eden in Hebrew means a spot of God’s presence. When Adam in God’s presence, all he had to do was speak to the ground and it would yield fruit.
Now Adam and his family needed to be redeemed from the curse. Adam was the son of God. The Serpent and the other animals were not created in the image of God, and therefore cannot be sons of God.
Let’s compare Adam and Jesus. When Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane the Bible says, “He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.”
I believe it was at this point that the sins of the world were laid on him and the pressure of sin was so great that his sweat glands burst and drops of blood mixed with sweat fell to the ground. This gives us a picture of Christ redeeming us from the curse of pain, sorrow, stress and toil.
What Adam lost in one garden, Jesus got it back in another garden. You do not have to sweat it any longer, give it to Jesus. As you already know, we sweat over things that never, ever happen. Eighty percent of what we worry about never comes to pass.
Let’s put our problems in God’s hand and let him handle it. There is a song that says, “Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there. Don’t sweat it.”