“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 16:25 Like father like son, Cain also disobeyed what God had required of him. Abel’s sacrifice of the firstlings of his sheep was accepted at the altar, but Cain’s sacrifice was a different story. It is important to note that God did not just reject Cain’s sacrifice, He rejected Cain. As it’s been said, “In God’s presence, you cannot be who others think you are, but you must be who God knows you to be.” God looked beyond the substance of the sacrifice and saw that it was Cain’s heart that was not right for “his works were wicked” I John 3:12. God will only accept worship that is pure and holy: “for no flesh will glory in His presence.”
There is no day like payday! The rush of landing a huge client or your boss handing you a few weeks’ reward for your hard work, is always satisfying. It constitutes a deep feeling of worth and masculinity when you know you did your job well and your labor merits a good reward. So, you strut your way to the bank with your “millions” in your pocket, and you come home with a bag filled with so much money, you don’t know what to do with it all! Right?
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like the psalmist when I think of all of life’s trials; “… Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest” (Psalm 55:6). But then so softly and tenderly God seems to always bring me back to Calvary’s cross.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus unveils to His followers exactly where they could discover rest for their souls. These verses mean a great deal to me, and I’d like to share with you some of the lessons God has taught me through this passage. I challenge you to make these verses a purposeful meditation throughout the day. They have literally changed my life, and I know they can do the same for you.
Have you ever been to New York City? If you have, you mostly likely know of a little suburb called Chinatown. Chinatown is a densely populated neighborhood that attracts many tourists with its Southeast Asian restaurants and shops. I remember my visit to Chinatown as a senior in high school, and I can assure you it was an interesting experience.
So, is it possible that a Believer can be restless? Can a Christian experience an unsettled soul through life’s journey? Unfortunately, yes. And it all can be traced back to one thing; sin!