Text: Genesis 3-5; Psalm 2
I recently heard a pastor quip, “You do know that the first murder was over worship style.” Cain, the first human ever born, murders his own brother. He does it after the Lord Himself warns him:
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)
These words get me thinking. “If you do well” says “if you get it right the first time.” Sometimes that happens. But, “if you do not do well” speaks to the times we do not get it right – a frequent 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. Our charge is to not let that happen.
“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.
in Him, Mike