Thursday, March 27, 2008

Daily Scripture from Genesis 4:6-7

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”~Genesis 4:6-7

Well, we know that Cain does not master much of anything because later in the chapter he winds up killing his brother. Even more disturbing is that when God is telling him what the consequences of his actions are, Cain is only thinking of himself and the suffering he will go through. The brother that he killed seems to be the farthest thing from his mind.

Aren’t there times in our life when we blatantly and knowingly do something that we know is wrong, whether it be passively or actively? It could be something we say or think and we know we are wrong for it, or something that we do, or a place we go, or a man or woman we talk too inappropriately or anything like that. God is saying that there are consequences and we really should not be surprised or upset when we have to deal with them. We know what the deal is. Do wrong, you’ve got problems; but do right with an honest heart, and you’ve got God. Notice, I did not say everything will be great; however, God will bless us with the ability to handle whatever hardships come our way with strength, wisdom, and grace. That is not to say that he will not bless us. He will, more than we would ever imagine to ask for.

God did spare Cain his life and, even after the great sin Cain committed by killing his brother, God even allowed him to have a prosperous life. Cain had a family and even built a city. His life was not only spared but protected by God.

A person should not let his or her sin shame him/her into forsaking God because no matter what He will take care of us. All we have to do is ask Him with a true and humble heart. If He could spare Cain and protect him and give him a family and his own city, imagine what he will do for you, for us. However, we have to make mastering our actions and sin and everyday part of our lives. Cain was so angry that he did not think about what he was doing. He was consumed with envy and even before that, he did not understand what it meant to offer to God. It was this lack of understanding and lack of relationship with God that led Cain to sin against not only God but his brother and family.
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