by Pastor Tim Burt
Have you ever worked hard on the job and someone has tried to take credit for your work? Have you ever been in a situation where there seems to be an obvious bias and someone else is favored over you? Has this kind of a situation or a similar situation ever made you jealous?
I have been in situations like this over my life’s career and I remember it always leaving a feeling of turmoil in my gut and mind. When you try to straighten out these kinds of situations and you can’t, turmoil will arise and it will begin to eat at you. It will hurt you if you don’t deal with it effectively. It can actually begin to take over and rule your mind and emotions.
In Genesis we read about Cain and Abel. This feeling of turmoil came over the older brother Cain. Cain couldn’t see it but he was in the wrong. He felt like God was favoring Abel over him. The truth was, God had wanted an animal sacrifice. Cain would have had to get one from his brother but he was too proud for that. He gave God a sacrifice from his own hands but it wasn’t what God had wanted. God was not favoring one over the other or taking sides. He was just teaching them what He wanted in sacrifices.
Genesis 4:2-7 Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. So the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is to rule over you, but you should rule over it."
In these situations, initially, it doesn’t really matter who or what is right or wrong. When there is an injustice, what matters most is keeping your attitude, words, and actions right. This is critical because if your perspective is right, things will work out in the long run. God is always on the side of justice and when you keep your attitude right and respond to difficult situations right, then your character is right. Godly character always wins out over people that live their life unethically.
If your perspective is wrong as Cain’s was, then a right attitude, behavior, and words, will save you from making a fool of yourself. In Cain’s case he didn’t change and what the Lord warned him of became true. This feeling of turmoil gained dominion over him. He killed Abel. This is how people move past anger into rage. People express their rage in different ways, but it is always wrong and leads to great evil.
One thing that can easily set you free in times like this is to remember who keeps the books. God keeps the books! No one fools God and nothing slips by Him. When there is an injustice, if you turn it over to the Lord, respond right and keep your character, you win. God is always just. He has your back. He’ll see you through. Shallow people have their life built on sand and sand washes away. Their lives are full of turmoil you may no nothing about. So, smile! Be happy! God keeps the books! If you’re right, He knows. If you’re wrong, then handling yourself correctly will save you from a whole lot of mistakes!
“God makes everything come out right; He puts victims back on their feet.” Psalm 103:6 (Message Bible)
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
Published by Pastor Tim Burt
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