Genesis 4:1-2: Giving God the glory.

“Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, ‘With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.’ Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.  Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.” NIV UK

Selwyn Hughes told this story. At a certain meeting, he felt blessed by the playing of the pianist. Afterwards, he went over to him and thanked him. The musician averred, ‘It wasn’t me, it was the Lord!’ Replied Selwyn, ‘It wasn’t that good!!’

Clearly, false modesty is not fitting. It is unnecessary.Nevertheless there is an appropriate humility which should accompany us through our lives: ‘’For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment…’’ (Romans 12:3).

Adam and Eve were very much involved in the conception of Cain (and Abel). Procreation is a very human activity. Nevertheless, Eve gave due honour to God. She recognised that God had helped her through the difficulties of labour (3:16), to bring a healthy boy into the world.

This speaks to us today. There are many things we have to do, and we do them. If we don’t do them, they don’t get done. But we need to always keep the perspective that apart from Jesus we can do nothing. He is the source of all fruitfulness. To God be all the glory.

PRAYER: Lord I do acknowledge that if anything good has come from my life, it is because of you. I ask, then, that all the praise should go to you.