Whenever your job description changes over night, an unsettling feeling may overwhelm your soul. As you search for answers, your nerves may be calmed or a dysfunctional situation only gets worse. Depending upon your state of mind, anger may brew, bitterness boil and frustration mount. Yet, perhaps all this has happened to you, pushed to the brink by stress to let go of control by allowing God to take the reigns.
And [later] she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept the flocks [of sheep and goats], but Cain cultivated the ground. 3 And in the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. 4 But Abel brought [an offering of] the [finest] firstborn of his flock and the fat portions. And the Lord had respect (regard) for Abel and for his offering; 5 but for Cain and his offering He had no respect. So Cain became extremely angry (indignant), and he looked annoyed and hostile, Genesis 4:2-5.
In the passage above, an older brother becomes jealous of his younger brother. The long hours of farming gradually took a toll on Cain’s state of mind. After coming home dirty and exhausted, Abel appeared to have a much better job and life. However, when Cain was pushed to the brink, he chose to question God as detailed below. This venting session provided Cain with advice on what to do next, toward an open door to escape temptation, 1 Corinthians 10:13.
And the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? And why do you look annoyed? 7 If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it,” Genesis 4:6-7.
Anyone who is about to lose it emotionally needs to reflect upon the passage above. Every day sin crouches at your door, waiting for foolish souls to welcome it in. Unless you practice the self discipline referred to in 2 Timothy 1:6-7, sin will overpower you. Thus, if you want to avoid the same fate of Cain, you must learn to control your body like a competitive athlete. This pursuit results in a calm and well balanced mind. Thus, if you are prepared, the next time you are pushed to the brink of frustration, letting go by trusting God will become a natural transition.
by Jay Mankus