We all know Cain as the jealous brother who killed his brother Abel because his brother’s offerings are more acceptable to God than his. Why? Primarily because of the issue of offerings being pleasing to God. Abel’s offerings are pleasing to God.
In chapter 4 of Genesis, the story of Cain is shortly chronicled. In this short story I saw God’s awesome heart for His beloved children who have gone astray. But in His every discipline, He showers so much grace and mercy.
I’ve learned that Cain’s murder of his brother is punishable by death, but in His great love, God just banished him. What is more than amazing is the act of marking Cain so that no one would touch him nor hurt him nor kill him. That is God’s protection for him. Whoever touches him will suffer vengeance seven times. Can you picture this? Cain killed his brother, but God won’t allow anyone to kill him.
Cain was able to establish his own city which he named after his firstborn Enoch. It has been a protected place. However, when Cain was banished, he was actually banished from the presence of God. That is sad. But this fact remains: God will abundantly pour out His grace and mercy for those who fall short of His glory.
Yes, there were times I became like Cain when I get really angry with people. As stated in the New Testament, when you hate your brother it's like murder as well. But I choose to repent and come back to God.
Everyday I feel God’s amazing love for me. It makes me feel very special. Everytime I remember what Jesus did for me on the cross, I am not only assured that I am forgiven, but I am secure in His protection. No harm will befall me; no plans of the enemy shall prosper against me. Whatever will happen in the future, I know I am safe and I will be safe, for His abounding grace and mercy is with me.
Jesus is my Lord and Saviour. The sweetest part of it is enjoying His presence. I rejoice in His presence. I feel spoiled by His presence. And I love it!
Great is His faithfulness. His faithfulness is new every morning.