Personal Devotions – Subduing the Lion!


Genesis 4:6-7

6 “Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? 7 You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”

The image of sin crouching at the door in this Scripture made me think of 1 Peter 5:8, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  Sin like a wild untamed animal sounds like a good metaphor;  you cannot tame sin, but you have to subdue it.  Interesting.  If I expand to 1 Pet 5:8 – 10 it brings more out of this related passage:

8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

The action words there are important – Resist and Subdue. Speaks to violently overcoming the sin, like taking a wild animal like a lion and subduing it, being made its master.

And look – there is a promise of restoration once you have suffered a little while!

Lord help me to subdue sin in my life.  I need to be its master, not letting it overcome and subdue ME, which has been happening a lot recently.  I pray for your restoration, as I have been suffering more than a little while (in my humble opinion!) 😉  Thank you for opening your word to me! In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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