“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”Hebrews 11:4
Rebekah came to my school in the seventh grade and she became quite familiar with the school’s rule book. She would assist teachers in pointing out offenses others were committing. She had her own personal handbook and would refer to it quite often. If an offense was committed, she would raise her hand and advise of the violation and page number in the book. I was in love when I first saw her, but I was questioning my decision after she pointed out every offense that I did wrong.
I was always a rule-stretcher but also known as a rule-breaker. I never read the handbook and I would often plead ignorance. I tried to get as close to the edge of the rule as possible but I soon would find myself going headlong over the edge. I was familiar with the demerit system, but I always thought I could do it my own way and be successful. I was never successful in my disobedience, but Rebekah always seemed to stay out of trouble. It could be that she knew the handbook so well or that she simply choose to obey what was in the handbook.
I think of Cain and Abel and the first murder recorded in history. I think of how Cain sought to do it his own way, but Abel, by faith, obeyed God and offered a more excellent sacrifice. Obedience requires an element of faith, and God says, ”Obedience is better than sacrifice.” God requires for us to be obedient above all else, and we must not attempt to go our own way. Cain became so enraged with jealousy and hate because his sacrifice was not accepted that he murdered his own brother. His lack of obedience led to a downward spiral in his life, and he went out from the presence of the Lord. Disobedience is not a suggestion but it is a command we must obey.
Where are you today friend? Do you seek to do things your own way or are you by faith obeying God? Do you take Him at His Word or are you still trying to live life on your own terms? May we obey Him and stay out of trouble, and may we lean not to our own understanding.