“My punishment is more than I can bear…… will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth” (Genesis 4:13, 14 NIV84)
Cain is always thought of as an evil man who killed his brother. We forget that he loved the presence of God, and his greatest fear was to be hidden form Gods presence. I often wonder what it was like for Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel post garden. How did they interact with God, what was it like? How did god help them? We know they knew the presence of God but I wonder to degree? God provided clothes for them when they left Eden – how did he interact with them. W don’t know the answers but the presence of God must’ve been life changing – significant that to be outside of His presence was Cain’s greatest fear. He knew that without the presence of God he would be a restless wanderer. And that is what so many people are when they do not know the presence of God, restless wandered. Trying to find there place, trying to find where they fit in, restlessly wandering. Peace is under rated and it is this that Cain wanted and felt he couldn’t live without. It is peace that the world is searching for and like Cain they are restlessly wandering. Looking for substitutes in drugs, careers, relationships – none of which will satisfy.
There is only one thing that can satisfy the need we have and that is the peace of God. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wehave peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1 NIV84) the answer to the restless warning of the fall is through Jesus -in Him we regain the peace that was once ours, that is part of our inheritance and our destiny. Jesus promises peace as part of the blessings of the new covenant “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27 NIV84)”. We cannot live without His peace and find true fulfilment. If you feel like wrestlers wanderer, come to Him. If you feel a lack of peace in your life, come to Him – come home and rest from your wandering and rest in his peace.