The LORD said, “What have you done?
Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”
God sees all, hears all, knows all. Not a moment escapes His awareness. Not a moment is disregarded.
Feeling alone today? Feeling like no one knows, no one understands? There is a God who holds this world together, and not a sigh escapes our lips that He does not notice.
We are never alone.
And, we are also never alone in our sin. I have a poster above my classroom door that asks, “How do you act when no one is looking?” It’s a penetrating question, really.
It’s so easy to disregard “little” sins. Perhaps Cain’s anger turned into jealousy. Perhaps he didn’t think it such a big deal. Perhaps he sat alone at night and during the day and dwelt on God’s attitude—one that had rejected him and accepted his brother.
So, one day—with intention—Cain said to Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And I don’t have to say what happened there. But God took notice.
God punished Cain, and it appears that Cain never did repent. Instead his response was self-directed as always: “My punishment is more than I can bear.”
At times we relate to Abel. At times we are wronged. At times we feel so alone. Yet, God is there. He knows our hurt; He knows our pain. And, He does not let those things go.
At times we relate to Cain. No one wants to be associated with Cain, but the Bible is clear. We have all sinned. And, when I sin, God is there and He takes notice and He will not let it go.