He was mad because God didn’t like his halfhearted attempt to make an acceptable offering. Then God questioned him about his anger, and then he got hit with, well understand I am not a doctor and this is not a professional diagnosis, but for lack of better words, he got hit with the Cain Syndrome.
We are hanging out in John chapter eight. Jesus told the Jews that He is the light of the world and in that simple statement He made it very clear that He was the Messiah! He was the One the Jews were looking for! Yet the Jews closed their eyes to the fact that Jesus was the Messiah and they told Jesus His witness was not true. They didn’t believe Him; they didn’t want to believe Him; they were too caught up in their religion to come to the truth of Jesus Christ as their Messiah.
How many times are we so caught in in our own life, in our own doings, running our own show that we too are deaf to what God is trying to tell us? He is yelling in our ear, trying to get our attention, yet, we like the Jews, turn a deaf ear to the things of God. We tell ourselves; we convince ourselves, that everything is alright because we discount that still, small voice telling us otherwise. Then the road leads to loss, pain and destruction and we are left to sort out our emotions. If we are not careful those emotions can turn to anger and resentment towards God. Before we can turn around we are headlong into the snare of the devil for he is like the serpent more subtle than we could ever imagine, and not willing to waste one opportunity to lead us away from God.
Or maybe, everything is alright. We are walking with God. We are in tune to His voice and His leading. We are obedient to His word. We are going to church. We are helping others. We are giving of our time, talent and treasure to the work of God. But then bad things happen even to believers. We suffer a sudden and tragic loss of a loved one. A fire, a tornado or a flood washes away all that we have. We are left with nothing but the shirt on our back. Disease strikes and the doctor tells us we have six months to live. Divorce shatters the marriage; the kids are devastated. What’s going on? What do we do? Once again the loss, the pain and the suffering can turn so easily to anger and resentment towards God.
In Genesis chapter four: In the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel and killed him.
Cain was mad because God didn’t like his halfhearted attempt to make an acceptable offering. Cain was caught up in self-will; he was too interested in his own life, in his own doing and his own way. Cain thought he could get by with a halfhearted attempt to please God, but God looks upon the heart of man. So God told Cain, straighten up and fly right, stop the crying and complaining and bring an acceptable offering. Obedience is better than sacrifice and certainly better than halfhearted sacrifice! Cain also needed to get the emotions and anger in check, because the crafty one, the subtle one, the devil is never willing to waste an opportunity. But the anger and resentment was too much for Cain for tragedy struck a deadly blow. Cain killed his brother Abel.
We cannot let the Cain Syndrome ruin our lives. We can’t give anger and resentment a foothold in our lives, we should rule over them, or they will destroy our lives and bring hurt and devastation even to those around us. Because hurt people hurt people! Hurt Cain killed his brother Abel! James wrote count it all joy when we fall into diverse temptations, knowing this, that the trying of our faith worketh patience that we may be perfect and wanting nothing. We must let joy rule our emotions and true joy is only found in the finished work of Jesus Christ and His shed blood.