Then the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”
God challenges Cain’s anger. He invites Cain to consider his part in the story. Cain has a part and his own decisions have led to God’s rejection of his offering.
How hard it is for us to consider our part in a problem!!!
But God also introduces a further problem. He tells Cain that if Cain fails to manage his life, then forces bigger than Cain and his self-will may take away his freedom to choose. The scripture calls this sin.
Managing our emotions, our actions and even our thought life are key skills essential for a reasonably happy and healthy life. Cain’s story serves as a cautionary tale and example of what happens when we get sloppy with our thoughts, feelings and actions.
Impulsivity and reactivity can have devastating consequences. Until someone invents a time machine, we would do well to heed God’s word to Cain. Some bells cannot be unrung.
Resentment by definition is all about us FEELING like someone is treating us unfairly. But God is turning the tables on Cain and suggesting that all of this was within his responsibility and freedom to choose a different path.
How can this apply to you?