Then 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 rule over it.”
Written by: James Rogers
The book of Genesis tells the story of two brothers: Cain and Abel. In today’s passage, we find God talking to Cain. He says to him: “Why are you angry?”
Cain was extremely jealous of Abel and God was trying to talk some sense into him before things got out of hand. But pretty quickly his anger turned into full-on hatred. His jealousy had led him to hate God as well and, in a brazen act of defiance raising his fist to heaven, he beat his brother’s head in with a rock. Envy, then hatred, and then finally murder.
The story of Cain and Abel holds a promise and a warning. If we trust God and live by the Spirit, we will find rich and full acceptance in God. But if we aren’t careful, we risk formulating the type of malevolence that leads to all sorts of evil. Galatians 5:16 says, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
The Bible offers us this mandate: we must rule over our propensity to do evil. Are we then left to struggle alone? No, God does not leave us. Through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we are able to hold back our hands from sinning against our proverbial brother. We are able to move away from the immature and corrupt desires that lead to destruction.
Thought of the day: Sin is serious. What is crouching at your door?
This week, spend time asking God to reveal to you what He wants you to deal with. Pray and ask God for wisdom. Then walk in communion with the Holy Spirit. Regularly pray, read the Bible, and be honest about your unhealthy desires with Godly friends. It will help provide support and accountability. Boldly request God’s power to overcome the sin crouching at your door. Take a lesson from Cain’s failure and do what’s right before you walk down a path that leads to destruction.
Prayer: Father, please rescue me from the sin that so easily entangles. Protect, guide, and give me wisdom as I walk by Your Holy Spirit. Help me to overcome my flesh and do what’s right. Bless You, Lord. May You receive all the glory from my life.