Bible study: Genesis 4-8

But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
The voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

As I was having a few minutes of praise before this morning’s quiet time, this song came on. I woke up this morning wondering what amazing things are going to come from my verse by verse study of the Word…and I believe I got my answer in those lyrics. I have always always trusted God to speak to me through music, and He totally does!

The chapters this morning told the very different stories of Cain and his brother Abel and of Noah. One is a story of jealousy and murder, the first murder, actually. Cain was bitterly jealous of the regard that God had for his brother Abel’s offering, but not for his own. He let that jealously boil over into something so strong, so vile, that he went and killed his own brother because of it. Instead of taking his hurt right to God, and talking with Him about it, finding out straight from The Source why his offering was deemed “less”…we hear stories exactly like this today. Someone gets their feelings hurt, or maybe not even hurt- just offended somehow and decides that that is reason enough to kill another. The result is that Cain gets banished, but even then God marks him so that none can kill him. Wow. God still loved Cain enough to place His almighty protection over him, because Cain knew the Lord, because despite what sins he had committed… he was still willing to put his life in the Lord’s hands.

Noah’s heart was completely different. Noah walked with God. He set his life apart from those around him despite what was popular at the time. Because of Noah’s faithfulness, the Lord gave him a big responsibility. Build the ark, save the animals. In return, Noah’s and his families lives were spared the complete destruction of the flood. Noah had trusted and obeyed the Lord and the Lord rewarded him massively. Was he ridiculed? Yes. Was he made an outcast? Absolutely. Did he let that stop him from his God-given purpose? Not once.

I pray that I always remember to take my hurts straight to God before the devil can use them to his wretched advantage. I pray that like Noah, the only voice I will choose to listen to is the voice of Truth.


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