Kathy — Offense distorts the way we see everybody and every event in life. Cain obviously did not see God as a loving, wise, just, heavenly Father and he would not accept correction. He was too angry and perhaps too ashamed, too disappointed or too self-absorbed to do the right thing. (One of the major signs of immature character is self-absorption.) We don’t see what is true or right if we cannot see past how we feel. Js.3:16, TPT — “So wherever jealousy and selfishness are uncovered, you will also find many troubles and every kind of meanness.”
Kathy — Gen.4:5, “But for Cain and his offering God had no respect or regard.” Listen to that wording. There was something amuck with Cain’s heart and character already for God to have no respect for him as well as his offering. His character flaws became obvious when His behavior and action was not accepted by God. Instead of humbling himself before God for a son’s correction, He took offense! Prov.3:11, TPT — “My child, when the Lord God speaks to you, never take his words lightly, and never be upset when he corrects you.“
Counsel for Living #2— May we each be attuned to hearing the voice of wisdom and counsel for our respective places of responsibility. May the Lord provide that we shall receive skillful instruction that will stand us good in days to come and may we be willing to receive correction in areas in which we are remiss. May the Lord’s purpose for you prevail above all opposition.
“Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come. Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.” (Prov.19:20-21, Amp)
We are all likely to be making plans and setting goals for 2014 and beyond. Our basic plan (that promises to be good throughout the whole year) might should be to take good counsel and accept correction— that’s the way to live wisely and well. We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.
“Take good counsel and accept correction— that’s the way to live wisely and well. 21 We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails.” (Prov.19:20-21, Msg)