From Pastor Tesch

LynnDaily Devotion

May 12, 2020 Good Guys Win


We don’t know much about Abel. We know that he raised sheep. We know he gave his best to God. We know he trusted his brother.

And we know that his brother killed him.

That doesn’t seem right, does it? Abel was a good person. Good people shouldn’t get murdered. Good people should be blessed. They should be protected by God. When Cain attacked his brother, God should have let Abel win. That would just be right. Good guys should win.

Still, Abel was murdered by his brother.

It’s not fair. Sinful things never are. But God was there, and he brought Abel home to Heaven. So Abel won. He’s even in God’s Hall of Fame of Faith (Hebrews 11:4).

But Cain… Poor Cain. He won the fight with his brother, but he lost everything else. He lost his fight with sin. He lost his place in God’s family. He lost his home with his parents. And, it seems likely that he lost his soul to hell (Jude 11).

Poor Cain. He lost. That’s not fair either. Sin is like that. It promises that revenge will be sweet. It promises that, if you cheat, you can win. But it’s a lie. Ask Cain; sinners lose.

If I could rewrite this section, I would have Cain repent. God would forgive him. We know he would! That’s who God is. It’s what he does.

We need to remember that when our own sins are weighing us down. We can rewrite how our life goes. We can repent. And God will forgive. It’s who he is. It’s why Jesus came—to take our sin away.

So sinners like us can win.


Romans 5:1–2 (EHV)

1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we also have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand. And we rejoice confidently on the basis of our hope for the glory of God.



God bless you,

Pastor Tesch

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