“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.” (Genesis 4:7)
A rejection. A murder. A curse. These were the series of events that spell out the tragedy of Cain: a man of pride, jealousy, and ungodly character. The account of his broken relationship with God in Genesis 4:1-16 is a powerful reminder of the gravity of man falling into sin’s control. But amidst the drama lies an important promise complemented by a warning. God promises to “accept” us – lift and exalt us – if we do well. God warns that sin can readily ensnare us if we do not do well.
“Psa 4:1 To the Chief Musician. With Stringed Instruments. A Psalm of David. Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.”
What I admire about David in Psalm chapter 4 is his trust and confidence in God. David, throughout his life, had been through many trials and had to flee for his life on many occasions. He was constantly pursued by Saul and his men and betrayed by even his own son, Absalom.
…exercise yourself toward godliness… (1 Tim 4:7)
Godliness is what we should be and how we should act knowing God sees and judges.
Exercising ourselves towards godliness means doing things one thing at a time.
We know the whole body should be fit and healthy. But we cannot exercise every part of our body in one go. You can’t do sit ups and do weight lifts at the same time. if you can, please let me know how!
God’s requirement is reasonable. As He gives us each new day, He wants to see us working out a different part of our spirituality, becoming like Christ. Continue reading