When we make an offering to God, we must challenge ourselves to keep our hearts right, offer God our best, and respond respectfully to Him.
Scripture: Genesis 4:1-5:32, 1 Chronicles 1:1-4, Genesis 6:1-22
The scriptures do not go into great detail of the reason that the Lord rejected Cain's offering. I feel sorry for Cain; not just because his offering is rejected, but because his heart is not right with God at the time of the offering.
"The Lord said" is repeated twice. This confirms Cain has a relationship with the Lord. Cain recognizes His voice. Yet his heart is not aligned with God. Perhaps jealousy or pride got in the way. Only God knows for certain the reason He rejected Cain’s offering. However, we can take a few lessons away from Cain’s sad story.
When making any offering to God (money, time, talent), we can challenge ourselves to:
- Keep our hearts right with God (confession, repentance, readiness to obey)
- Offer God our first and best
- Respond respectfully to God
Doing all these things will help guard our hearts from opening the door to the sin crouching just outside. Look how Cain’s rejection led to anger which led to murder! Sin can quickly escalate in our lives if we aren’t vigilant. My heart aches for Cain when I read of his punishment for killing Abel. Cain is not only banished from his family and homeland, but also from God's presence. (v. 16) I can't imagine not being able to have fellowship with the Lord. Can you?