Amidst all that’s going on in the world, we begin to think it’s something new. But the Bible records ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ (Ecc. 3:15). The first murder recorded in the bible was that of Cain killing his brother. Cain was jealous of Abel’s sacrifice and upset because God was not pleased with Cain’s sacrifice. At that moment, Cain had a choice. He could overcome the temptation to act on the offense or he could allow the anger and offense to overtake him.
Genesis 4:6-7 records, “Why are you angry?” the Lord asked him. “Why is your face so dark with rage? 7 It can be bright with joy if you will do what you should! But if you refuse to obey, watch out. Sin is waiting to attack you, longing to destroy you. But you can conquer it!” Herein, we see Cain had a choice to overcome sin (disobedience to God’s commands) and live in joy or refuse to obey and suffer the consequences. He chose the latter and dwelt with some tough consequences including being banished from his homeland.
Murder and sin is nothing new today. That doesn’t mean that it’s any easier to deal with but we are assured in the Word that sin is waiting to attack anyone who refuses to obey (and follow) the Lord. It will destroy you. But the same Word gives us comfort knowing we can overcome it. We have the power to make the right choices which bring life and success. Never think you are “good enough” to escape the devil’s lurking traps. They are everywhere but can be avoided. Never think you are smart enough to rely on your own strength and not succumb to evil.
It’s easy to point the finger and say what we would never do or to judge those who make a different decision than we think they should have. Our position should be one of prayer and meditation on the Word so we avoid those traps. It’s not our position to judge but to be vigilant in obeying the Lord’s voice and whatever He speaks to us. Now is the time to develop a relationship with the Lord and to lean on and trust His spirit—the still, small voice inside that guides us to truth.
Pray without ceasing, be quick to obey and watch the Lord fight the battle.
~Coletta Jones Patterson