Rejections come in various forms like having a credit card declined, being dismissed by an employer or being turned down for a date. However, whenever prayers go unanswered, problems continue to mount or nothing ever seems to go right, individuals feel rejected by God. Confused by God’s lack of action and silence, wounded souls struggle to make sense of their current dilemma.
Following their banishment from the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:23, the first family resembled a soap opera more than God’s well pleased creation. To make matters worse, a sibling rivalry commenced in Genesis 4:3-5. When big bigger, Cain, had his offering rejected by God, resentment and jealousy flowed toward his younger brother Abel. As disappointment gave birth to depression, a wicked scheme tempted the mind of Cain. It’s one thing to be honest with God, yet revenge led Cain to overreact, ending the life of his little brother.
Although the Lord does predestine certain leaders to fulfill the great commission, there are clear indications why God rejected Cain and accepted Abel’s offering.
1) God honors those who give their best, Matthew 5:48. Genesis 4:3 suggests there was no sense of urgency within Cain to give the Lord his first fruits. Cain waited until his belly was full and his family had enough food to eat before he got around to it. Foregoing Matthew 6:33, Cain appeared to trust in his own ability and not God. Meanwhile, Abel gave to the Lord his first and most precious sheep, believing God would replace these in the near future, Genesis 4:4.
2) Offer your body as a living sacrifice, Romans 12:1. If everything that is good comes from above, James 1:16-17, when people honor God with their bodies, you get the Lord’s attention like Abel. On the other hand, its easy to become lukewarm about things in life, picking and choosing when its convenient to serve God. I guess you can say, Cain’s heart wasn’t into his offering. Therefore, when you fall into this habit or pattern, its essential that you receive a spiritual heart transplant, Ezekiel 36:26.
3)Be your brother’s keeper by holding others accountable, James 5:19-20. Cain tried to avoid any responsibility for his brother’s death. Whether you’re the oldest or the youngest, each believer should set the example for others to follow, 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12. Whenever someone does stray off course, its vital to steer wandering souls back toward the narrow path, Matthew 7:13-14. Thus, the next time you feel rejected by God, reflect upon these 3 indicators so that you won’t regret or overreact to the hand you have been dealt like Cain.
by Jay Mankus