Dan's Corner





Adam was told not to eat of the tree in the middle of the garden. The ‘middle’ is the prominent position, one of importance, the central position. But Adam was told not to eat of it. This is the only instruction he was given by God about the garden.

One rule, one point of obedience, which God required to be at the middle of Adam’s relationship with God.

Eve ate of the tree and ‘She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.’

Adam didn’t pause to consider what God said about the tree. He had yet no knowledge of good and evil. He had instruction and a warning, both of these relied on trusting what God had told him.

Neither did he have an understanding or explanation about what good and evil is. Is that a good enough reason to not trust instruction? We do it often, we need to know the reasons ‘why’. If you have children then you will hear this question many times over. Knowing ‘why’ sometimes indicates a lack of trust...  a conditional relationship.

Obedience without explanation involves trust and faith in the character of God.

Obedience with understanding of good and evil causes us to trust in our own thinking. We don’t need God as our trust is based on our experiences, judgements and perceptions. We put God second place to our own reasoning, this is pride.

To ‘know’ good and evil is not head knowledge but it is an experience. We experience evil in our body, soul and spirit. God never intended man to experience good and evil. To know something is good you would have to compare it with what is not good.

Because man was in relationship with God his Father before the ‘fall’ there was no need of this knowledge as it served no purpose. To live in the Glory, splendour and relationship with God who is Love there is no lack, there is total completeness.

Love expresses itself as trust. The moment trust is lost then love is broken, hence the separation of man from God when Adam disobeyed. He was led to question the very One who made him and all that was around him.

I believe God hears and answers every prayer. When the answer does not come in our timing and lingers then is this a ‘no’? Does a perceived ‘no’ lead me to be angry with God? Why would He not answer and make a way for me if He has already given His most precious Son to me as a sacrifice for my sins? What I am asking for now is far less than the incredible cost He paid for my salvation which he gave me without my asking!

To know God is to trust Him.

To persevere is to establish trust in our character, so as we can face the bigger challenges as they come our way. He saved us to bless us......

We have not been a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, love and sound mind.
2 Tim 1:7