Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
"Am I my brother's guardian?" (Genesis 4:9)
When Cain and Abel each brought an offering to Jehovah, He was interested not only in their gift but also in their motive. As a result, God expressed his approval of Abel's offering, rendered in faith, but his disapproval of Cain's, which in some way reflected a lack of faith. (Genesis 4:4, 5; Hebrews 11:4) Rather than learn from the event and change his attitude, Cain because consumed with anger toward his brother. (Genesis 4:6) Jehovah observed this dangerous development and considerately spoke to Cain, pointing out that if he did good, he would have cause for exaltation. Sadly, Cain ignored his Creator's counsel and murdered his brother. How treacherous the heart can be—even to the point of disregarding the direct counsel of God! (Jeremiah 17:9) Let us therefore learn from such accounts and be quick to reject wrong thoughts and desires. (James 1:14, 15) If we receive Scriptural counsel, may we appreciate it and view it as an evidence of Jehovah's love.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 1:10, 11)