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Who is God?
With His help, we carry His life.
When we bring an offering, He reveals what is in our hearts.
He allows sin to crouch at our door, and asks us to do well and rule over it.
His questions demand an answer and remind us of what we have done.
He hears the cry of those we have harmed.
He commands the ground to yield its strength to the one who does well.
He warns, He instructs, and to one who still rebels, He curses and scatters.
He punishes by taking away the work of our hands, and then hiding His face from us.
Even while we pay a price for disobedience, He cares for our life.
In the end, He replaces loss with life.
Genesis 4:1-15, 25 -
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”
Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground. And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, you have driven me today away from the ground, and from your face I shall be hidden. I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” Then the Lord said to him, “Not so! If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him. ...And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel, for Cain killed him.”
Father, you are worthy of worship from a pure heart. As I draw near, show me the heart that approaches. Show me what is crouching at my door to consume me. When I falter, when the ground refuses to yield it's strength, forgive me for shaking my fist at you. Cover what I have lost with your life.