Thursday, October 9, 2014

Devotion on Genesis 4 - Giving God Our Best

Scripture: Genesis 4:2-5
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord.And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering,but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

Why did God look with favor on Abel's offering but not Cain's? 

The Scripture says that Abel brought his offering from the firstborn of his flock, indicating he brought the best of what he had. Cain only brought "some" of the produce he had grown, and probably not the best of his crop.

When are you tempted to not give God your best in life?

What makes you want to give God your best?

Notice that Abel was perfectly happy when he gave his best to God. Cain, on the other hand, was angry, depressed, and prone to commit more sin. One sin leads to another. This shows us the difference in attitude between someone who is serving God with their whole heart and someone who isn't. When you serve God, you're happy. When you don't, you're not. Which would you rather have, God's approval and joy in your life or God's disapproval and inner turmoil?

Commit today, and every day, to giving God your best in all things, and know that He will smile upon you.

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