And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” – But he serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman SAW that the tree was good for food, and that it was a DELIGHT TO THE EYES, and that the TREE WAS TO BE DESIRED to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Gen 2:16-17
Adam and Eve had two choices. Trust God will fulfill their needs without the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden – walking by faith believing that He alone is enough – OR to believe their eyes that what they SAW was BETTER than what God promised. Their choice to walk by sight led to the fall of mankind and set in motion long-term consequences that affect every human being that ever lived or will ever live.
In the book of Joshua, God clearly instructs Israel to not take any plunder for themselves when He gives Jericho into their hands. But Achan did not obey. When Joshua confronted him he said, “Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did: when I SAW among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them.” Joshua 7:20-21.
As a result, Achan, the silver, the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all he had were destroyed. See Joshua 7: 23-25
There are many biblical examples of people walking by sight and there were always consequences.
These two choices are still the same two paths we have today in the 21st century. Will you walk by faith? Or will you walk by sight?
After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane Hunt and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part-time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.