Sunday, March 13, 2011

It happened last Saturday. I let Max out to chase away some cows that had wandered into our yard. Streaking off like a shot, Max ran toward the nearest cow, barking and snarling all the way. Closer and closer he got, scaring me by his proximity to the cow’s sharp hooves.

“Max, get away,” I yelled, running as fast as I could to catch up.

Max ignored me and kept snapping until the cow stopped and kicked up both heels, his left foot catching Max on the hindquarter. Max yelped, but instead of running away, he went after the cow with renewed fury. Finally, I managed to distract him long enough to get my hands on him. He was shaking and exhausted but otherwise, relatively uninjured.

That’s when it occurred to me.

Despite what God has to say about sin, we go after it, ignoring the hurt we cause ourselves along the way, thinking with each step we take that we will somehow conquer it. Blinded by our own lust and temptation, we barely feel the scars left upon our flesh until, shuddering and shaking, we fall exhausted at the Father’s feet.

It is not a victory to keep placing ourselves in situations where we are tempted to fail. Instead, God warns us that doing so puts sin at our very door.

Genesis 4:4-7 (New International Version)

4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.

6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”


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