Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
We are picking up where we left off yesterday, reading on the story of Caine and Able. Yesterday we learned about how Caine was jealous of Able. We read verse 7 yesterday, and in verse 8, we read that Caine killed his brother. In verse 9, we read he lies to God.
Look at how quickly that went; I will read them all together:
8 Now, Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.
This is a reminder that one mad decision leads to other bad decisions quickly. When God approached him, he has the chance to confess and plead and ask for forgiveness; instead, he gave him sass as if God didn’t already know what had happened.
Many times we can behave like that. We give God sass. Sass that he does not deserve, sass that is really a waste of breath because we know that God already knows what we did.
We have to remember to confess our sins; we have to let them go; we have to surrender them to Him. He is the only one that can help us in troubling times.
Father God, thank you for 250 episodes together. Thank you for the love you show us every day. When we start to slip, when we hide, when we run far away from you, remind us that you are waiting for us with arms wide open. Remind us that you are here to help us unpack our bad decisions, mistakes, and sins. You are a good good father, and we thank you. We love you! We ask that you bless the day and the weekend ahead of us. AMEN!