In reading the account of Cain and Abel for the umpteenth time, the sequence of events struck me anew.
- Cain and Abel brought offerings to God.
- God didn't look at Cain's offering with favor.
- Cain got angry.
- God confronted Cain the first time.
- Cain killed Abel.
- God confronted Cain the second time.
God saw what was going to happen, and He warned Cain to resist the temptation. Kind of like the apostle Peter, who denied the Lord three times in spite of Jesus's warning.
I'd like to think that I would obey God if He warned me ahead of time like that. But I suspect I wouldn't. In fact, I'm pretty sure I haven't. I've ignored that small voice that says stop! now! before it's too late!
Lord, teach me to listen. . .and obey.
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