Genesis 4:16 (KJV); And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
Oftentimes, when people are overcome by self-condemnation, they “leave” the presence of God. This is what happened to Cain in our theme scripture. The presence of God did not leave Cain; it is Cain who left the presence of God.
The Bible does not say that God drove him away from His presence, Cain left. Cain had committed the first murder in the history of mankind. He had killed his own brother in cold blood. Did God send him away from His presence? No.
In fact, God came searching for him after his terrible crime. The same way the Lord sought out Adam and Eve after they disobeyed Him is the same way He sought out Cain after he killed his brother.
What does this tell us about God?
Sin does not have the ability to drown God’s love for any man. In fact, in Isaiah 1:18, He lays out an open invitation and says, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Never “leave” the presence of God because you feel like you messed up. Never stop going to church, attending fellowship, praying or listening to His word because you feel unworthy.
The wide-open arms of Christ on the cross should mean something to you. The invitation into His arms is ever open, constant, and unchanging. He wants to help you.
Take the step of faith and embrace His unending love. Believe again, pray again and seek again.
FURTHER STUDY: John 14:16-17, Hebrews 13:5
GOLDEN NUGGET: Sin does not have the ability to drown God’s love for any man. The wide-open arms of Christ on the cross should mean something to you. The invitation into His arms is ever open, constant, and unchanging. He wants to help you.
PRAYER: My Loving Father, I thank You for this Word. I look to You, my righteousness and justification. I know that You are dealing with me in ways that only You know how. Your presence makes me whole and in it, I constantly dwell. In Jesus’ name, Amen.