This is not the kind of conversation you want to have with God; “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?” (Genesis 4:6). Out of jealousy, Cain killed his brother Abel because Cain put a lot of labor into an offering for God and God did not accept it. Instead of seeking answers from God as to why his offering was not accepted, Cain got red-hot with anger and killed Abel.
Because the circumstances involved the worship of God, it was right for God to ask Cain to explain his motive. Notice that what was going on in Cain’s heart and life was seen in his face; it had “fallen.” We often try to hide our private actions and their motives by thinking no one sees or knows, yet we forget that God was right there observing every word and action.
There is another problem with this conversation. When God faces Cain with the death of his brother, “Where is Abel your brother,” Cain first lied and then tried to justify himself; “I do not know (lie); am I my brother’s keeper (self-justification)?”
This conversation could have been very different if Cain had quickly acknowledged his sin and asked for God’s forgiveness and help. Sadly, this is the pattern that many follow, which only deepens the guilt and shame. Your problem may not be murder, but if you struggle with any sin, quickly confess the sin and seek repentance from God. The outcome will be FORGIVENESS!
How do your conversations with God end?
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