6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
The original Hebrew actually says–I have brought forth a man I can control. Little did Eve understand, control is an illusion. The harder we try to take the reigns in life, the less we actually have input into its outcome. Adam and Eve tried hard to raise sons that did the right things, but Cain saw no value in it. He simply wanted to do what made him happy–sound familiar? In his search to control life, he was plagued by the peace and success of his brother. It made him jealous and crazy. Even God, himself, tried to help Cain understand that it is not what we do but what is in our hearts that keep us from destroying our lives.
Nothing has changed. Whether as a parent or as a person, we must remember that control is an illusion. We cannot control our destiny any more than could Adam and Eve or Cain. Like Cain, God reminds us that we must not be angry about the circumstances we face. We need to be grateful and patient. Things rarely go as we have planned. If we are unwilling to be flexible and trust God, we, like Cain, we will grow more cynical and angry and if not careful, we will walk away from faith. God calls us to trust him and allow him to bless us–while that is difficult, it will make our life full and meaningful.
God Bless You
Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 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, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.