There are two ways to have the tallest building in town:
- Build your building higher than everyone else's.
- Go around knocking all the taller buildings down.
It all started with a sacrifice to God. In the account we read in Genesis chapter 4, God did not give instruction of what to bring. But Abel, a shepherd, brought some sheep. The good ones. Maybe the best he had. Cain, being a farmer, brought his fruits from the ground.
Apparently, God liked Abel's sacrifice, but not Cain's.
We've all been in this situation. Perhaps you've done something nice for someone only for it to be rejected. Maybe other people seem to have all the success, and you don't - even though you think you've worked way way harder.
Cain got angry. It's hard to know who Cain was angry with - maybe his brother, but maybe too at God. Either way, God told Cain that he didn't need to be angry, and that with this new information, he too could please God.
Our lives are often determined by how we respond to instruction and correction.
Cain, rather than make a new acceptable sacrifice, he killed his brother.