Best Foot Forward

“And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him (Gen. 4:6-7 KJV).”

“Why are you so angry?” the LORD asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected?  You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master (Gen. 4:6-7 NLT).”

If you recall the story of Cain and Abel and the gifts they presented to God, you will recall that Cain was a tiller of the ground, while Abel was a keeper of sheep.  They both brought gifts to the Lord; but Cain’s gift was rejected while Abel’s gift was accepted.  This made Cain very angry with his brother–misplaced anger for sure.  Abel offered his best while Cain just got ‘a little something’ together to offer God.  Maybe I should say Abel followed the guidelines while Cain did his own thing.

When we offer God our very best, we will have no need to make comparisons with the next person.  Likewise, we won’t need to worry that our gift or offering was not good enough.  If we do what is right, God readily accepts it.  If we learn this, we won’t need to do any and everything in our power to destroy the next person, our brother or sister.  Jealousy and anger are the height of ugliness and have no place in the body of Christ.  When we’re under sin’s grip or control, all manner of odd and extreme emotions tend to surface and overtake us–misplaced emotions for sure.  Offer God our best… and don’t worry about the rest.  Thanks for visiting, following/subscribing.  Take care & be blessed.  Please also visit…

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4 Responses to Best Foot Forward

  1. I found your site from Shannon’s Revealing Redemption blog. I recently made a commitment to read the whole Bible in one year. On January 2nd, I was encouraged to read Genesis 4-7 which included the story about Cain and Abel. Today I noticed you posted this blog entry on the same day! Thank you for reminding us to “offer God our very best.” Fantastic post!

    • You’re most welcome! And thank you for stopping by my blog site. I think it’s awesome that you’re made this commitment. Stay on top of it because once you get behind, it gets much more difficult with each passing day. I’m also reading it through in the Chronological Bible for the 3rd time. I didn’t last year but did the two prior years. Blessings!

  2. “Maybe I should say Abel followed the guidelines while Cain did his own thing.” You’re absolutely right about this.

    “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain…” (Hebrews 11:4)

    “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

    Abel’s sacrifice was accpeted because it was given according to God’s directions – Cain’s was rejected because it was not given by faith. Good post.

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