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 contrary to you, but you must rule over it. (Genesis 4:7)
In a culture where we demand acceptance, regardless of compliance with anything but the standards we create, this ancient text is especially relevant. Thousands of years have passed, and yet human nature remains almost shockingly unchanged.
We want what we want. We want to be loved and regarded on our own terms. We want the God of the universe to stop having all those pesky opinions about our lives and what constitutes worship. It shouldn’t matter how He wants to be loved and regarded; what matters is how we want to be loved and regarded. What a quandary!
We want what we won’t give. Finding acceptance requires that we accept. Being regarded requires our regard. Demanding that God accepts us in our sin will leave us disappointed and, worse yet, still bound to our own personal hell.
Come out of it! Look up and be saved. Regard the One who made you. Listen to Him. His words are life and love.
How do we overcome? How do we rule over the sin that crouches at our door? Accept the One who made you. Regard the One who loves your soul.