Genesis 4:5-7 Do Well

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  7 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.

Cain was mad, even depressed, or distraught that God had not accepted his sacrifice.  Next we see God speaking to Cain, and this tells us that man still had an intimate relationship with God.  A relationship where man could freely speak back and forth with God, even though he was living in a fallen state.
God tells Cain, “Why are you upset? If you do what is right, I will accept it.”
He is encouraging Cain to try again, but Cain doesn’t seem to have a do-over in mind.
Notice that the words in verse 7 closely mirror the words in chapter 3, verse 16 where God has cursed Eve.
This tells me that when we sin we choose to commit that sin, just as a husband or wife commits to a marriage.  This also tells me that sin is subject to us and our actions and hence we can’t say “The devil made me do it.”
Sin wants to rule over man just as the fallen wife over the husband, but man still has a say, an out if you will.
What is it?
Exactly what God prescribed for Cain…….”Do well!”
Not feeling so great today, not feeling very worthy?
Maybe you are lacking somewhere.
Maybe your heart is not in worship today.
God tell us, just as he told Cain “Don’t give up!!! Try again, and again, and again!”

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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