Newsletter of September 2009
Genesis 4:1-7 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 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.
Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
How many times have you mindlessly mumbled, "I love you too," at the end of a phone call? Oh sure, you mean it, but it's just a thoughtless response.
Look at Cane and Abel. Cain was great at "I love you too." He knew everything about his obligation to worship God, but he didn't have a clue about meaningful sacrifice. Abel decided, "I'm going to give you an offering that really means something to me, not because you're good, but because you're God."
Sometimes like Cain, however, my love gets empty. It's time to worship, and so I do what I always do, I bring Him this tiny offering of what's left of me.
What if I initiate the dialogue today? What if my adoration becomes more than a spiritual reflex? What if, just this once, I didn't need a miracle to motivate me into worshipping Him?
So yes, God, I know you loved me before the world was made, but just this once, I said it first! t'nw
Additional Verses for Study: 5. Mose 6,5; Psalm 18:3; Psalm 92:1-2; Luke 10.27