Be Prepared

Good morning, I trust you are enjoying the bank holiday

Genesis ch 4 vs 6-7 gives us a little snippet into the workings of sin that can so easily drag us into despair.

We read “So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? (7) If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
Because God had not accepted his offering or because He had accepted Abel’s, Cain was angry and depressed. God tells him that if he changes his ways, he will indeed be accepted. But if he does not change, sin—pictured as a slave crouched just outside the door of his heart, awaiting the bidding of its master—would spring to action. God is describing sin’s persistent nearness; it is always ready to extend its dominance in a persons life. Sin strives to pile iniquity upon iniquity, even as one lie usually produces another to keep a façade of deception from crumbling.

God’s warning is clear. Repent of sin at once, or it has a powerful tendency to grow and thoroughly dominate one who does nothing to stop it. This thought is reinforced in the final sentence of verse 7, “And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

In modern terms, God is saying, “Practice makes perfect.” Sin’s desire is so persistent and its appeal so subtle that, if it is not consciously stopped, one will become a master, a “pro,” as we would say today, at sinning. It becomes a way of life. Jeremiah 4:22 makes this principle even clearer. “For My people are foolish; they have not known Me. They are silly children and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.”

Did not God’s warning prove true in Cain’s life? We cannot afford to ignore sin’s aggressive influence.

Daniel had 4 pillars to help him with this – (1) He knew God was interested in the History of mankind and in his own History, His own life, (2) he kept to God’s values, (3) he knew who he was in God, he knew his identity and would not accept the identity of Babylon (4) he was not concerned with his image and would not defile himself.

I suggest these are four strong pillars to support us as we head off back to work tomorrow and in fact they are helpful every day!

Mark

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