One of America’s most beloved game shows is Let’s Make A Deal, the classic TV game show where the host gives contestants the agonizing choice of keeping the cash or choosing what’s behind Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3. Contestants try to guess which door the big prize is behind and which one will cost them the game. The crowd roars with shouts of their confident guesses, and the contestant sits perplexed in a frantic puzzle. In today’s verse, God is helping Cain by telling him exactly what’s behind Door #1.
God senses the anger and jealousy boiling up in Cain’s heart. He gives him an incredibly insightful warning: “Sin is crouching at your door.” He knows that if Cain continues to dwell on these emotions, he will be overtaken. God is teaching Cain important dynamics of sin. Sin, by its very nature, hides itself; it crouches and tries to make itself look smaller than it really is so that we will easily rationalize and justify it. There’s a hiddenness to sin and its power, but there’s also a hope to defeat it.
These verses give us proof of the struggle in Cain’s conscience. He still has time to make a choice. Repentance is still possible. There is a way to deal with his anger, a “way out” as 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us. Yet Cain ignores the warning light and does the unthinkable: He murders his brother. There’s no way he thought his sin could get to that point. It’s not just the power of sin—it’s our underestimation of it.
The good news is that we’re not defenseless against the sin crouching at our door. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, the penalty of sin has been taken care of. Through the Holy Spirit living in us, the power of sin can be overpowered as we are sanctified. And one day, the presence of sin will be completely removed from our world. So take heart: We have a God who will help us choose the right door.
Because of Jesus, there is victory over sin and power to not let it overtake you. What sins in your own life are you underestimating right now? Are there settings or situations where you can identify “sin crouching at the door?”