By Kenny Tibbetts
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 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 contrary to you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:1-7
- How does God describe sin to Cain in this story? Have you had a similar experience with sin?
- Have you found, in your life, an ability to “rule over” sin?
- Faced with your own inability to “rule” over sin, how does Jesus’ life give you hope?
Read the remainder of the story of Cain and Abel. Consider how, even if you never murdered your brother, sin seems to find its way into your life.
Pray God would use your transgressions to focus you on the beauty of Christ rather than on the futility of fighting against sin alone. Pray you would desire Jesus more than you would desire sin.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 2