Resentment - Friday's Dose - 4th January 2013

Friday's Dose - 4th January 2013

Resentment

And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. - Genesis 4:4-7.

Looking for a church family, I visited and compared a number of churches in my area. Some churches sit for hymns, for example. Some stand for scripture readings. Some stand only for Gospel readings.
Some shout out during the sermon. Worship styles vary from church to church and from country to country.
On a mission trip in Haiti, one church worship style rattled my sensibilities.

The preacher announced, "Let us pray," and then he began praying aloud. But the congregation began shouting, dancing, and pounding floors and walls. I sat in awe, not praying with the preacher, and not praying at all. The sanctuary was like a classroom of middle-school children whose teacher had just left the room.
I was stunned at such disrespect for the preacher. Yet, when the preacher said, "Amen," the congregation immediately returned to their seats and quietly listened. The preacher did not admonish anyone for their behavior.

Suddenly I knew that the congregation members had each been praying in their own way. I had been the one out of place because I hadn't prayed at all. I had been told what to do, I knew what to do, but I disobeyed.
Cain knew what to do, yet he disobeyed. Cain had been taught what to do by his family, and he knew what God expected of him. God even spoke as though Cain knew right from wrong. Yet Cain chose to be jealous of his brother Abel, who understood what his offerings meant.

God wasn't upset about what Cain chose to offer. He was upset about the way Cain offered it. Cain put no real effort into his offer. He merely donated a part of what he gleaned for himself.
God deserves more than an obligatory ritual. He deserves what Abel gave him, an offering of time, thought, effort, and selfless adoration.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father God, 
You deserve more than we are capable of giving to you, yet we have even withheld that sometimes. Forgive us. We want to be more like Abel than Cain, because Abel's heart was in the right place. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen.

Have a Blessed Friday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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