God’s Warnings

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

It was the first murder: Cain killed his brother Abel.

There had been growing differences between the brothers. “Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground” (v. 2). Differences were apparent in their relationship with God—Cain brought “an offering of the fruit of the ground,” while Abel “brought of the firstborn of his flock” (vs. 3-4). God “had regard” for Abel’s offering, but had “no regard” for what Cain brought (vs. 4-5).

Cain responded by becoming “very angry, and his face fell” (v. 5). In reality, he might have been angry with God, but instead he focused his attention on his brother.

Before Cain exploded in violence, God warned him that sin was “crouching at the door.” Would he allow sin to be his master? Even though he was warned, Cain made the wrong choice.

The Bible is filled with these kinds of warnings—warnings that provide us with pictures of the choices we must make on issues major and minor, issues that impact our lives, our careers, our relationships, and our families.

God is ready to help us when we face important decisions, and He will guide us as we seek Him. The Bible also promises that “no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

As you face decisions, remember to ask God for wisdom and courage to do the right thing. Remember: Sin waits for you, crouching at your door, encouraging you to go deeper into a web of deception.

Listen for God’s warnings. Seek Him. Obey Him. Believe Him for discernment and victory!