It’s amazing how God designed the human body. One fascination is how we find satisfaction. The most extreme example is the adrenaline junkie. They seem to seek a continuing higher level of adrenaline rush each time. Over time, what gave them a rush before no longer gives them the rush they used to get, so they seek more risk. Scientists will point to chemicals in the brain that eventually cause the brain to grown numb to the same levels of chemicals. In order to achieve the same feeling in the brain, an increase level of chemical release is required. This may explain WHAT is happening but they fail to explain WHY.
God designed us in a very specific way. He gave us a craving to be in relationship with Him. The only solution to that craving is to BE in relationship with Him and to serve Him with everything we have. When we attempt to satisfy that craving with anything else, it will always fall short. Adam and Even tried to fill that craving by partaking in the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Their desire to fill that craving led to The Fall. Cain felt robbed of this feeling when it appeared that God favored Abel over him. His reaction to the void of this craving led to be jealous of Abel.
“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.” (Gen 4:3-5)
Cain brought “an” offering from the fruit of his labor, but Abel brought the “firstborn”. Abel gave his first to the Lord while Cain brought the left overs. God showed His disappointment to Cain but Cain missed the message and instead, grew jealous. Then the Lord gives him a warning of the danger of allowing this to grow inside him.
“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.” (Gen 4:6-7)
God says, if we don’t do as He expects, sin will be “crouching at the door.” Sin seeking opportunities and vulnerabilities. By not doing as God designed, we hang up a sign that invites sin in the door. Even though we feel drawn to sin, “its desire is contrary to” us. Sin gives us the belief that it will satisfy but it has no desire to satisfy, its only desire is to add a thirst for more.
What’s fascinating about God’s instruction to Cain is that He ends with “you must rule over it.” God would not give us instruction that is impossible. But He also does not expect us to live up to His instruction on our own. He is always there to carry our burden.
We cannot “rule over” the sin impulses in our life on our own, but Paul reminds us that we are not alone when he says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)
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