What Will You Let in Your Door?
I just started a new round of reading through the bible this year. If you were following along you noticed that we moved through the New Testament in the past six weeks so I’m starting over in the beginning. I read six chapters each day so if you want to join with me, please begin today with Genesis 1-6. My blog will be about something from each six chapter block. Today, I go to Genesis 4. Most of you know that Cain and Abel were Adam and Eve’s first two sons. The Bible tells us that Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the field and that Abel brought an animal sacrifice. Cain’s offering was rejected and Abel’s was accepted. Cain gets very angry and we read this in verses 6-7: 6 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.”
Cain did something wrong, was confronted, and then got angry. God tells him that he can receive forgiveness but if he doesn’t “do well”, sin lies at the door. I think we all find ourselves in a similar position. We all make mistakes. We all sin. But then when we sin, do we ask forgiveness? Do we repent? If not, sin waits to pounce on us in an even greater way. So many times “big sins” start out as little sins that are never repented of. Though we don’t intend for the “big sins” to happen, they almost always will if we don’t deal with repentance. In Cain’s case, the Bible goes on to say that he killed his brother Abel. That sin that was lying at the door, barged right in and changed the course of Cain’s life forever.
Will you “do well”? What sin in your life do you need to repent of before it turns into something much, much worse? Forgiveness and sin stand waiting outside your door…which one are you going to let in?