My first SOAP devotional! Genesis 1:1 – 16:16
Scripture: “… sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” ~ Genesis 4:7
Observation: God told this to Cain right after God denied his offering and accepted his brother Abel’s (I’ve always assumed that somehow Cain didn’t give God his best like Abel did). Makes me wonder if I give God my best or just the leftovers…
Application: Sometimes I find it easy to focus on God – His goodness, love and forgiveness. That’s all good, but I need to remember that there is a war going on in the world – even in my body. I need to be on guard against sin – the threat is real and is obviously always close if it is crouching at the door. We are called to master it, so we obviously need to have an active role in defeating it.
Prayer: God, please remind me to seek you always. Give me the strength to rule over sin. I have seen the terrible effects of sin in my life and I pray that it will not master me or my family. Amen