If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it. (Genesis 4:7)
Text: Genesis 3-5, Psalm 2
Text: Genesis 3-5; Psalm 2
Cain, the first human ever born, murders his own brother. He does it after the Lord Himself warns him:
These words get me thinking. “If you do well” is a higher calling. Do not sin, choose the right way. But, “if you do not do well” speaks to the times we do not get it right – a regular occurrence. It is then that sin has an opening. It is fascinating that the Lord portrays sin like a predator, “crouching at the door” and having the “desire” to take charge. Sin wants to take charge of our life and become our master. For the Christian, the great news is that we have been set free, so sin cannot actually own us.
“You must rule over it” puts the ball squarely in our court. When we fall short, we are at a point of inflection, a fork in the road. When we stumble, it is the next choice that matters. Repent (turn around) or continue? Fake it or confess it? Fight the temptation or give in? Again the choice is given to us. The next choice. One step at a time. And, praise Jesus, we have the power to choose the good. Every time.
in Him, Mike