Friday, June 24, 2016

Cain's Wasted Life

                                Cain’s Wasted Life
                                         Genesis 4

Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden never to live there again.
For all their years they would remember the perfection that once had been.
The entrance to the beautiful garden by an angel now was sealed.
Adam lived a more difficult life laboring in the field.

God was faithful, forgiving their sin; all was not forlorn.
They pressed on following Him and soon two sons were born.
Both of them chose a vocation, learning to do their part,
But when it came to respecting God, Cain had a stubborn heart.

Adam was careful to teach his boys about the worship God planned,
How it required a sacrifice that foreshadowed salvation’s plan.
Abel respectfully offered a lamb showing he was devout,
Cain resisted what God had said offering grain and sprout.

God accepted Abel’s gift; Cain’s offering was quickly rejected.
God warned Cain of sin’s intent and said he should not accept it.
But Cain allowed his anger to boil; with evil he was filled.
In senseless rage he struck his brother; that’s how Abel was killed.

Later when God confronted Cain, he responded with lying pout.
God said to him, “Why do you lie? Your brother’s blood cries out!
You can no longer till this soil. Abundance is changed to dearth.
You shall become a vagabond wandering across the earth.”

The Lord God put a seal on Cain so he would not be killed.
His was a life now lived in vain, miserable, unfulfilled.
Instead of showing honor to God, he chose to fight and yell.
His choices led to persistent sin on the road that leads to hell.

What is learned from this passage today? What should be our reaction?
Don’t let anger lead you astray; be godly in all your actions.
The spirit of Cain is the sin of rebellion, a type of sin’s strong leaven,
But if you surrender your all to Christ, you’ll live with Him in heaven.

I wish I could state I have not failed, that love was ever my anchor.
But truthfully friends, too many times I lifted my voice in rancor.
If this is descriptive of you my friend (I suspect it is likely true),
Turn for forgiveness to Jesus our Lord, the One who died for you.

You cannot change the sins of the past, but you don’t have to live like Cain.
Follow the Lord with all your heart, through Christ the flesh restrain.
Fill your heart with God’s cleansing Word; your life will be transformed.
Live your remaining days on earth as one who is spiritually formed.

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