This morning I was reading in Genesis chapter four and I was once again impressed by the nature of sin. Often times we think of sin as a thing that we do that is contrary to God’s design for our lives, and indeed it is. However, verse seven of Genesis chapter four casts sin in a different light.
Notice with me if you will this verse…
Genesis 4:7 (ESV) “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.”
It’s this picture of sin crouching that has captivated me this morning. Rather than sin being an impersonal thing that is simply a word used to describe our misdeeds, here sin has both body and a will or desire. I might be prone to dismiss this as metaphorical language used to describe sin’s ability to damage or hurt a person if it weren’t for who it is that’s speaking and describing sin in this way. It’s God the Father!
Who better than God to give us language that would exactly describe what sin is and what it does. Who would have a better perspective? Who would have a more accurate viewpoint and a more through history dealing with sin than God? With that frame of reference let’s notice again what God the Father says about sin…
- It has a desire for Cain
- It was crouching or lying in wait for Cain
- It was his responsibility to rule over sin
How did God say Cain could accomplish this? By “doing well.” Other translations render these words ‘Do what is right.” Could it really be that simple? In our 50 shades of gray world, could avoiding sin and it’s eternal and earthly cost be as simple as just doing the right thing? Surely there’s some deep, profound, secret to overcoming this world and it’s hold on our lives. The reality is wonderfully simple…
Do the right thing!
Some might question what the right thing is but I’ve noticed that in almost any situation in which I’m tempted to sin, I almost always know exactly what the right thing is. The question is not one of knowing, it’s a question of doing! We know the right things to do.
Today, I challenge you to join me in doing the right things! Don’t complicate what it is that you have to do today….just do the right thing!