7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
God didn’t accept Cain’s offering but accepted Abel’s offering. The reason is that Cain did not live a virtuous life. He did not confess and repent for his wrongdoings.
As we live through life, we can commit sins or make the wrong choices sometimes. That’s why it is important for us to confess and repent and ask for forgiveness, and then when we worship, God will accept our worship and offering.
Second – Noah and People
Genesis 6:5-10 “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that He had made human beings on the earth, and His heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, I will wipe from the face of the earth and the human race I have created – and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground – for I regret that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
The sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Because of this, the earth was filled with sin, and evil. They did not live according to God, but according to the world.
During the time that it was very hard to hold onto faith, how was Noah able to hold onto his faith? He lived accordingly and received God’s grace and found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Because of his faith and because he found favor in the eyes of the Lord, Noah was able to save his whole family.
Third – Abraham and Lot
Genesis 13:8-12 “So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left. Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.”
Lot did not have any parents growing up, so Abraham took him in. Because of Abraham, Lot became rich. Because they were now both rich, instead of being happy and satisfied, they both started to fight and bicker more. Abraham didn’t like this, so then he decided to part ways. Lot chose the lush fields near Sodom and Gomorrah while Abraham lived in Canaan. Even so, God blessed Abraham and Abraham became well off. Sodom and Gamorrah on the other hand, they were two cities filled with sin, and God sent down fire from the heavens and destroyed the cities.
As we live life, depending on what we do, what we chose, the outcomes and results can be vastly different.
As we life through life, let’s love God, and whatever we do, pray and ask God and make decisions through our faith.
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Matthew 5:13 – 16 “13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”