January 31, 2012
Once, I was doing a task and someone criticised me. I?ve been taught the saying ?if the shoe fits wear it?. I knew that in this case, the shoe didn?t fit. Yet, I was disturbed. Worse still, I let the negative feelings fester.
My troubled mind not only had no peace, but had many unpleasant thoughts. And it kept going, until the Lord nipped the issue.
Scripture records the story two brothers who made offerings to God. But one brought a sacrifice, over and above the offering.
Cain and Abel had both made offerings to God, but Abel did what was instructed by God. He brought an animal sacrifice. We are told that “The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.” (Genesis 4:4-5)
Jealousy set in. Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. His anger led to murder when he killed his brother Abel.
When Cain?s countenance fell, it was more than just a sad facial expression. What was in the heart made the difference. Jealousy led to anger. From being angry, he became very angry.
You know what it?s like when you are angry. You may show it on your face. You may think unkind thoughts. You may even plan and plot undesirable strategies. The problem can get deeper and darker. If not checked, you can be in the midst of a miry clay.
When Cain became angry God gave him a warning, “If you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
God is always gracious. He never desires any of His children to fall into sin. As He spoke to Cain, He will speak to us through His Word. He will caution us.
But Cain did not heed God?s warning. He succumbed to sin.
What kind of situation are you facing that is causing you to be angry? You might excuse it as justifiable anger, but anger is sin against God.
Think of the words from this song:
Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin
Each vict?ry will help you some other to win
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue
Look ever to Jesus, He?ll carry you through.
Thank God that when we sin, His mercy has given us an antidote in 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all righteousness.”
By our own strength we cannot master sin. But the Holy Spirit in us can remind and help us not to give in to sin.
Ask the Savior to help you
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you
He is willing to aid you
He will carry you through.
Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.