April 7: Facing Disappointments with Integrity

Genesis 4:5-6

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

John 1:7-9

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Abel’s offering pleased God, but Cain’s offering displeased God. God did not have respect for Cain and His offering. Why? Cain didn’t honour God with his offering; he didn’t give God his offering in faith. So, God was displeased with him and with his offering. How did Cain respond to God’s displeasure? He got angry at God’s displeasure with him and with his offering instead of owning up to what he had done wrong; he wallowed in self-pity as justification for being self-consumed instead of getting past himself to honouring God, his Creator. There are going to be times that we displease God by the way we act and the choices we make. The question is not whether or not it is going to happen. The question is, will we respond to God’s discipline with integrity? What does that mean? It is simply asking if we are going to respond to God from the integrity of our hearts in sincerity and humility with repentance, or if we are going to get upset that God’s Word isn’t coming true for us.

What would it have looked like if Cain had responded to God’s displeasure in a healthy way? He would not have become a vagabond and a wanderer; his life would have been a beautiful story of how God’s mercy can change a life. The story of his life wouldn’t have ended as a tragedy. How can we respond to God’s discipline in a healthy way? When God rebukes us of a wrong we have done, we get on our knees and face before God in repentance, owning up to what we have done with faith in His forgiveness and the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood. In repentance and humility, God’s greater mercy and grace greet us to make our lives more glorious than it was ever before the wrong was committed. That’s the amazing and incomparable love and grace of God! It is beyond telling and natural comprehension! King David of old is an example of God’s mercy. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, murdered Uriah her husband, but repented genuinely before God. David responded to God’s displeasure with him and with his wicked act with integrity, and so God forgave him of his sins and made something glorious out of his relationship with Bathsheba. Solomon came out of that relationship; a token of God’s mercy and kindness to David.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare that I walk in humility of heart and respond to God in integrity in all matters pertaining to faith and godliness. I walk humbly before God, do justly, and love mercy in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

Further Meditation:

Micah 6:8; 2 Chronicles 7:14.