I Want to Know My Future When Samuel was three years old his grandmother read him the story of Samuel the prophet in the Bible. He loved the scriptures about Samuel’s life so much he asked her to read it to him every time he spent the night at her house. When he graduated from preschool all of the children were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. Samuel boldly stated that he was going to be a prophet. He had taken the story of Samuel in the Bible and made it his very own. Today Samuel is able to read the bible on his own. Sometimes when he reads he doesn’t understand the stories. When this happens he prays for help from God. God sends the Holy Spirit to teach him the true meaning behind the story.
1 Corinthians 2: 10-12, “But it was to us that God made known his secret by means of his Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, even the hidden depths of God’s purposes. It is only a person’s own Spirit within him that knows all about him: in the same way, only God’s Spirit knows all about God. We have not received this world’s spirit: instead, we have received the Spirit sent by God, so that we may know all that God has given us.”
When Samuel prays for guidance the Holy Spirit inspires and helps him to understand the bible and how to apply it to his everyday life. Today he chose to read about Cain and Abel.
Genesis 4: 2b-6, “Abel became a shepherd, but Cain was a farmer. After some time Cain brought some of his harvest and gave it as an offering to the Lord. Then Abel brought the first lamb born to one of his sheep, killed it, and gave the best parts of it as an offering. The Lord was pleased with Abel and his offering, but he rejected Cain and his offering. Cain became furious, and he scowled in anger.’”
“Holy Spirit,” Samuel whispered. “Why was Cain angry at God?” At once the Holy Spirit opened Samuel’s mind so he could understand what he read. “Cain’s sacrifice was not accepted because he didn’t give the best of his harvest,” replied the Holy Spirit in a whisper that only Samuel could hear. “Cain didn’t care about God or his brother. Abel gave out of love and a genuine commitment to following God. Abel wanted to honor God by giving the first born lamb instead of giving the third or the forth offspring from his animal. Cain gave what was left over out of obligation to God, but Abel gave the very best because he loved God and he wanted to follow the Lord’s teachings in all he did.”
Hebrews 11:4: “It was faith that made Abel offer to God a better sacrifice than Cain’s. Through his faith he won God’s approval as a righteous man, because God himself approved of his gifts. By means of his faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.”
Samuel wanted to be a good Christian. He wanted to show his love for God by reading the Bible. He didn’t want to sin. He wanted to do what was right. He prayed that he would be strong enough to resist sin in his own life. He continued to read. The muscle in Cain’s back tensed as he picked up a large boulder and smashed it with all his strength into his brother. A shocked look of disbelief appeared on Abel’s face as blood gushed from the large opening in his head. A shiver of regret sent a sudden flow of words racing through Cain’s mind. “What have I done?” His rage had subsided but now he could see what his jealous anger had done. Abel was dead! Immediately he grabbed a shovel from his gardening tools and started digging a hole in the ground to cover up the evidence of his crime. The sweat was pouring off his forehead and his shirt was wet as he heaved another shovel of dirt upon the gray lifeless form of Abel.
Cain was afraid and tried to hide. But Abel’s blood and the dirt from covering up his body still clung to his clothes. He had tried to wash himself clean from Abel’s blood, but it could not be done. He had sinned by murdering his brother and his conscience declared him guilty.
Genesis 4:6&7: “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why that scowl on your face? If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling; but because you have done evil, sin is crouching at your door. It wants to rule you, but you must overcome it.’”
Samuel knew that murder was sin. He didn’t need the Holy Spirit to tell him that it was wrong. “How do you master sin, Holy Spirit?” Why does it want to rule over me?”
The Holy Spirit explained. “The people of this world live in a teaching world. Everyone must learn from what they experience in life the difference between what is right and what is wrong. God teaches people by giving them two examples. When Cain was tested over the offering he gave God he became jealous and killed Abel. Murder is sin. When sin controls your life it becomes your master.”
Genesis 4: 10-12: “Then the Lord said, ‘Why have you done this terrible thing? Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground, like a voice calling for revenge. You are placed under a curse and can no longer farm the soil. It has soaked up your brother’s blood as if it had opened its mouth to receive it when you killed him. If you try to grow crops, the soil will not produce anything; you will be a homeless wanderer on the earth.’”
“Sin separates you from God. Sin has consequences. Because Cain killed his brother his love for the soil was taken away. Instead of repenting for what he did and learning from his mistake he chose to rebel against God. He left the land of his birth and built a city.” The Holy Spirit continues to teach Samuel about the consequences of sin.
Genesis 4: 16&17: “And Cain went away from the Lord’s presence and lived in a land called ‘Wandering,’ which is east of Eden. Cain and his wife had a son and named him Enoch. Then Cain built a city and named it after his son.”
The Holy Spirit opened Samuel’s mind and helped him to understand the ramifications of Cain’s actions. “We live in a world where people are given the ability to make their own choices. Cain decided to live his life independent from God. That is the reason why he built a city. Sin is not following God. When he chose to be unchanged from killing his brother he revealed his heart. His only desire is for himself. This is the reason why he built a city and called it after his son. He would make the earth his only home. He wanted no part of God or the reward of heaven. Sin had become the master of his life.
Samuel loved the teachings he received from his Spirit guide. He wished all people would listen to God and learn the things he did. “My Spirit Guide is available all the time. He is with me day and night. He leads me only if I take the time to listen.”