Life is a challenge, isn’t it? A constant maintenance program. But Jesus is Lord and as long as we keep our eyes on Him, we can do it!
The other day as I was meditating the scriptures, the Lord took me to the story of Cain and Abel. This is the story of two brothers, one pleased God and one did not. The one who didn’t, Cain, became very angry. The anger probably stemmed from jealousy of his brother’s success.
When God approached Cain about his anger He asked him:
“Why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And it’s desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
The picture I get here is this … God is always looking at us. His eye is always on us, but when something makes us angry, possibly even God Himself and our countenance falls, it leaves a gape, an opening. When we take our eyes off of Jesus, no matter what the cause, we have just left ourselves open; and remember, sin is crouched, ever waiting to get in.
I think the solution is to be careful to deal daily with God about anything that may be bothering us. Making sure we don’t get separated from Him, making sure our countenance doesn’t fall, leaving an opening for sin to enter in.
YEP! Life is a challenge … a constant maintenance program.