2nd February 2017


“…and also desirable for gaining wisdom…”
Genesis 3:6 (NIV)

Being a seasoned veteran of shortcuts and cutting corners, it dawned on me one day, to my dismay, that it was a shortcut that changed the world. God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit off the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and we find out later why: Because it was a shortcut.

What Eve saw in that Tree was a shortcut to Wisdom. Eat the fruit and instant wisdom. No need for gradual learning, she could “eat from that tree,” and according to the serpent she could know everything right away, “ranging all the way from good to evil” (Genesis 3:4-7 MSG).

And from my own experience I know how appealing that is. I love shortcuts. If I can cut a few seconds off my walk by slicing across a corner, or discover there’s a shortcut through the back roads to my destination, or abbreviate words on an email, or leave a message rather than talk for an hour, or see a gap in the traffic to get to where I’m going a little faster, I’m easily tempted to take it. It’s like a little victory. I’ve gained a few seconds I wouldn’t have had not taking the shortcut.

But I can’t find anything in Scripture that supports my addiction. The entire Bible is long and gradual, with new lessons being learned all along the way. God never has anybody at any point knowing everything. He’s quite happy with us all learning gradually.

Can I be happy, then, letting him mentor me at his pace? It’s much more enjoyable for him too, letting me in on little secrets bit by bit, so the enjoyment for us both is constant, not all over at once. It’s like receiving little gifts all year rather than every gift at Christmas. But Eve wanted Christmas, a shortcut to getting everything at once.

Did it get her anywhere faster? No, because in God’s world there’s no need for shortcuts. He gave us time on purpose, because slow and steady is how we learn – and how he teaches.

Father, you gave us all the time in the world to learn, and your Spirit guarantees we’ll get to our destination on time, so can you please help us while we’re in this world of hurry to slow down and trust you to mentor us gradually and perfectly for what you have in mind for us?

Study by Jonathan Buck


About the Author:
Jonathan Buck is an Elder and pastors two Grace Communion International congregations in Canada where their website is: bucktobasics.ca. He and his wife, Berry, pastored in the UK before moving to Canada a number of years ago. When they are visiting family in England they attend Grace Communion in Lewes.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilaryjbuck@gmail.com

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