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“By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying [a]about his gifts, and through [b]faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.” Hebrews 11:4
Why did God favor Abel’s sacrifice over Cain’s? It wasn’t because of the material of the sacrifice; it was the attitude of Abel’s heart. Abel’s faith is what pleased God, and that faith resulted in God seeing him as righteous. Cain, on the other hand, seems to have offered an empty sacrifice, one that involved no faith at all.
The Lord gave him this warning:
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 If you do well, [e]will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” (Genesis 4:6-7)
But he did not master it, and his lack of faith allowed an open door for sin to take over his life.
Isn’t it so similar to us? How many times do we go through the motions of church only to find ourselves gripped by the devastation of sin? Sure, we aren’t murderers, but how often does sin take us so much farther than we ever intended to go? And to think of Cain and what he must’ve felt being cast out of the presence of God into the Land of Nod…(translated) the Land of “Wandering.” What else could there be outside of God’s presence? Aimless wandering without purpose…lostness.
I am BEGGING you. If you are just following the motions of church, please know that you were meant for so much more. Jesus loves you so much that He died for you. Yes, it’s real. Yes, it happened, and YES! He ROSE AGAIN! And He wants a relationship with you. He wants to give you abundant, eternal life…but you have to respond. You have to invite Him into your heart and fully surrender to Him in faith because the Land of Nod is still real, and without Him, there is still only wandering and eternal separation.