“If you do well, 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 4:7).
Anger, jealousy, frustration, and disappointment at the inequities of life are debilitating emotions that give evil the opportunity to pounce and consume us, if we do not respond in appropriate ways. God’s challenge to Cain, to do well and master his negative emotions, is the challenge we face each day. We are not hapless victims. While Genesis 1-3 describes the fall of man, these words in chapter 4 remind us that we do not have to live as a fallen people. We are to make choices and decisions based upon our faith and trust in God, not the emotions of the moment.