“For God knows that in the day you eat of it…” Gen. 3:6 AMP
A person can have a revelation of God, learn to cultivate an intuitive perception of the inward movements of His Spirit, begin to experience a kind of supernatural Christian lifestyle that causes others to take notice that something is different in their life…and still get sidetracked!
Even as their spiritual life is on the rise, the issue of timing can cause many to fall because of false expectations! We must be careful about what WE think God should do both today and tomorrow! Satan was able to get Eve’s focus off of the day she was living in and onto another time in the future. Although vision is important, nothing is ever as critical to a believer’s mindset as ‘staying in the moment’ locked into what is happening right now.
Jesus personally instructed us to not worry or take excessive thought about tomorrow because when we make it our aim to seek God TODAY, He causes our future to work out according to a higher set of plans than our own (Matthew 6:33-34). From God’s vantage point in the spiritual realm timing is a very different issue than what we understand it to be. In absolute godly reality there is little difference between today and a thousand years from now in many ways. (2 Peter 3:8)
The Bible speaks about certain divine events unfolding in our dimension in the “fullness” or “maturity” of time (Galatians 4:4, Ephesians 1:10 & Acts 2:1). Accordingly, we must step outside our own timelines in order to properly view spiritual things. Jesus told his own brothers (John 7:6) that, from their unspiritual points of view, “the time was always ready” to do whatever they found convenient. He, on the other hand, viewed time as something God laid out for divine opportunities to unfold. They must be waited for then seized at the right moment.
Ambition is a hazardous detour for many people as they attempt to travel the road God places before them. Any manipulation on our part to hasten the arrival of something that God destines for our tomorrow is a dangerous attempt at rearranging time. Experience teaches that what we do today determines much of what happens to us tomorrow! God designed it that way so we would remain focused on our present tense one day at a time NOW relationship with Him instead of lapsing into following Jesus just to get what we want from Him on our timetable! Our pursuit and focus is Christ alone with or without the Christmas presents; which a true relationship with Him always brings. Time is a tool God uses to build maturity into our lives.
No doubt there was a perfect place in God’s timeline for learning more about the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but Eve just couldn’t wait to find out about “in that day” the Devil placed in her head. What a crucial mistake for her and for us!
About the Author:Rocky Veach is a respected leader, preacher, and pastor within the Christian community. He is best known for his passionate, people-building approach to ministry both in the United States and abroad. Read full biography.