When I read the story of Cain and Abel it’s very easy to read the episode of Cain’s jealousy fueled anger that led him to kill his brother and then to pass judgment. End of story. But doing this is both arrogant and dangerous. If I’m honest, I have to admit that I get jealous at times and also angry at what I perceive as someone getting an unfair advantage over me. I may not act out like Cain did but I can identify with what drove him. A big warning from Cain’s decision is that when we choose to not look in the mirror at our own heart and motives we can quickly come to decisions that are unrighteous and harmful. God was more pleased with Abel simply because Abel demonstrated his full devotion to God by offering the best of what he had. Cain made an offering but it wasn’t one that reflected deep love or full devotion. When he realized that God was more pleased with Abel, Cain could have looked at his own motivations and intentions and seen the problem. But that would have required humility and for most of us that is a very uncomfortable place to go. Getting angry with his brother was much easier and getting rid of him seemed expedient – no more competition! As I’ve read chapter 4, I realize that I wrestle with the same temptations that Cain gave into and I need God’s help to resist. God’s warning to Cain is something we all need to remember… You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.
Genesis 4:7 (NLT)
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