Genesis 4:7 (AMP) 7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you but you must master it.
We, as Christians, are not immune to the problems or temptations of this world. In fact, I feel like sometimes we walk around with an invisible bulls-eye painted somewhere on us attracting attention from satan and his minions.
Cain was jealous of his brother because God had not accepted his offering like He had Abel’s. He could not ‘master’ the fact that his offering was not acceptable the way he had presented it to God. He did not trust God. On a different note, the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because they were not able to ‘master’ their grumbling and complaining. They wandered because they did not trust in God.
Do you sometimes want to be accepted at any cost? Do you sometimes wander? Do you sometimes have trouble with the same temptation? Does it seem sometimes like you are on a merry-go-round in one area of your life? Lots of questions but the answer for me would be – yes, at times! What we have to learn better than Cain and more quickly than the Israelites did is that God is our help. That our trust and confidence should be in Him and not in any strength we think we have. He and He alone will give us the grace to fight temptation and win. He is the Master…He is the Lord.
My prayer is that I allow God to rule over my life…that my life is not on a merry-go-round of the same problems and temptations…that through Jesus my life is an example of how to trust in the Master of all creation. How about you?