Today you should read: Genesis 4:1-26
Have you ever been so mad at a sibling growing up that you wished they would have never been born? I know it seems harsh but the reality is that no one can bring out the worst in us quite like our family can. In Genesis 4 we see sibling rivalry at its worst when Cain brutally murders his brother Abel. My first reaction was Cain is a cold blooded monster who murdered his brother. He must have been a psychopath, right? However, as I dug deeper I realized that I relate to Cain in more ways than I would like to admit.
As the story unfolds we see that Cain and Abel both brought offerings from the fruits of their labor but God rejected Cain’s offering (Genesis 2-5). Why? Was Abel better than Cain? Of course not, but Abel’s motivation behind his offering was pure and Cain’s wasn’t. Somewhere along the way Cain allowed sin to creep into his life and it blocked his relationship with God. God judges our heart. If we allow sin in our lives without repentance it will hinder our relationship with God (Proverbs 21:27).
The good news is that God always gives us the opportunity to repent and turn from our sin but the reality is we do not always choose to (Genesis 4:6-7). It is really easy for us to point fingers at Cain and ask why he didn’t listen to God. I mean God spoke to him in an audible voice and encouraged him to fight sin. However, can’t we say the same thing about ourselves? We have God’s word in book form but we ignore it all the time. The truth is if we allow pride to take over we begin to see ourselves as superior to God which always leads to our fall (Proverbs 16:18).
In the end Cain did not master sin and it led him to murder his brother. This one act of sin altered not only the course of Cain’s life but that of his family as well. (Genesis 4:8-26). The fact is that sin always takes us farther than we would ever want to go and impacts everyone around us. Ask yourself today – how am I fighting sin? Am I confessing sin? Do I have accountability? Key Verse: Genesis 4:7
Posted by: Chad Wiles