Genesis 4:6,7: Warning light.

“6 Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.’ ” NIV UK

Many years ago, I was proposing to go down a particular avenue. On the face of it, there was nothing particularly wrong with what I was doing. But I began to feel a deep uneasiness about it. I put it like this: it was as though a huge warning light came on. I could almost see it physically. I should have taken immediate note and got out of the situation. But I persisted for a time, and then began to understand why I was being ‘warned off’. It was too late, however, to avoid a lot of unnecessary pain.

When you are aware of God’s warnings, don’t resent them. Realise how much He loves you. Recognise He’s trying to protect you, and maybe others around you also.

I find God’s words to Cain quite striking. This was long before Jesus came; centuries before the outpouring of the Spirit. But He was essentially being told to resist sin, with the assumption that he could. He was also being warned about the precariousness of his situation. It’s a graphic picture: sin ‘’crouching’’ at the ‘’door’’, like a hungry, wild beast, waiting to pounce. But it could be tamed. (1 Peter 5:8,9) However, as someone observed, instead of resisting sin, Cain resisted God.

But if Cain could have overcome, you and I certainly can – in the power of the Holy Spirit.

PRAISE: ‘’But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’’ (1 Corinthians 15:57)