Many ‘WHYs’ come to our mind when things didn’t turn out the way we expected. But it is not an unusual phenomenon in life. Everyone experiences it.

But the question is ‘Why do we surprise for unimaginable and unpredictable future events in the first place?’

Well, it is a natural human tendency. We are surprised, but God isn’t. God does not surprise at any event. He has an ordered universe. But He really surprises us in and through every event!

Ever since God created human beings, there was relationship. At the multiplication of the humans on the face of the earth that relationship continued and continues.

It is a God patterned relationship. There is relationship in Trinity, between God and man, between man and woman, and between human and human. It is precious and pleasant and worthy.

Adam had wonderful relationship with God according to the pattern that God Himself established in the Garden of Eden.

But Adam’s relationship with God got fractured when he had sinned (cf. Gen.3). And then when Cain killed his brother Abel it became worst. Cain was the first son of Adam and Eve, and Abel their second son (Gen. 4:1-15, 25b).

The reason of Cain killing his brother was God’s denial of his offering and acceptance of his brother’s.

A craving for self approval cost brother’s life and loss the ties of kindred. And the result was God’s curse on Cain and his yields (vv.11,12). Thus he groaned, “My punishment is greater than I can bear” (v.13).

The broken relationship is the result of sinning. Christ dealt with sin and done away with it on the cross. Now in Christ sin has no power to break relationship, unless a stubborn heart submits to its ruling.

Those who are in Christ must therefore be committed to maintain good ties with each other. We are created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph. 2:10). Breaking relationship on account of self approval will ruin the goodwill of relationship.

The incident of Cain and Abel is a good example to teach us. When we fail to maintain the relationship God intended, we fall into a danger of losing something we cherished dearly. The cost of losing God patterned relationship is unaffordable agony.

Let us learn from this negative incident a positive lesson in order to promote growing and glowing relationship among our people.

                “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity!” (Ps. 133:1).

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About Ati Bosa Yobin

A. B. Yobin is from Shidi village of Arunachal Pradesh. Currently, he is pursuing a Th. M program in Evangelical Theological Seminary, South India.

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