Through the first 24 verses of Genesis chapter 4, evil seems to have the upper hand. Abel dies like a silent sheep before the slaughterer. Cain escapes to raise up godless progeny, culminating in the sexualized-bully Lamech (4:23-24). And yet, in the midst of a degraded society, God’s people call out to Him in worship (4:25-26). They choose faith over fear in the face of evil. Today, we have similar fears. Maybe we’re afraid we won’t be able to hack it this week. We think we are one step away from going over the edge. But I hope you see that (for all time!) God is in control. Abel is the man of faith who died serving the LORD. There will be many men like Him, many women too. But the seed of the church is the blood of the martyrs. Sure, there will be many martyrs along the way. Sure, there will be great pain. But God knows all about pain. God came as the person of Jesus Christ. Who lived a perfect life among corrupt people. Though he was guiltless, he died for the guilty. He suffered at the hands of wicked men. But, that was not the end of the story. Three days later Jesus rises victorious over sin, death, and hell. He promises that all who trust in Him are free from sin, death, and hell. Now we press on in faith, knowing that ultimate victory is just around the corner. And we carry with us promises like 1 John 4:4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.