The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.
“Sin is lurking at the door–its desire is for you.” The phrase is a vivid reminder that when we don’t do well, we’re at our weakest and vulnerable to behavior we’ll later regret. If we remember that, the next time negative emotions start leading us astray we can do something about it. God’s message is that sin is lurking around the corner, but we can tame it. We never have to surrender to it. We’re more powerful than sin. The challenge is to use our native ability to do well. Sin or success–it’s always our choice. —The Houston Pilgrim