You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide
“And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;” Genesis 4:9-11
If you are like me, then you have done something wrong that you have tried to cover up or flat out deny. I found myself plenty of times outside the principal’s office waiting to be called in. The longer they made me wait, the greater case I was able to build as I sat there thinking through of all kinds of defenses. There were some times, though, when I knew my goose was cooked and I simply waived the white flag. In these cases, my hands were stained with proof of my guilt and any defense would be futile.
I remember in my senior year being called into the dean’s office immediately after chapel. I thought he wanted to discuss the chapel message with me, but he had other serious accusations on his mind. I was startled by what he was telling me, so I had no time to conjure up a defense and I could tell this was serious. He tried to look deep into my eyes, and I felt like he was trying to peer into my soul. My eyes are quite dark, so I am not sure what he saw. I held his stare and it threw him off, so he got right down to business. He made a statement which provided me really only one option in which to answer him.
He said, “Saso, if you lie to me, you must understand you are going to be in really big trouble.” I thought to myself, "If I don’t lie, I’m going to be in big trouble, so I might as well roll the dice on this one." I lied there in his office and escaped immediate punishment, but I was expelled a couple of months later. I did not escape trouble, but only delayed the inevitable. I was not repentant, and I did nothing to change my ways. It scared me for a minor moment, but I was soon acting a fool again. I think of Cain here in this passage and how God asked him, “Where is Abel thy brother?” His answer was much how I think I would have responded, but it showed a lacked a respect for Almighty God. It was a sarcastic answer and one that proved Cain had no remorse for his actions, and zero repentance for the grievous sin he committed against his own brother. He was more worried about the consequences and his own life. He had no regard for his brother’s life, but wanted mercy shown to him. His heart was rebellious toward God and he sought to cover up his sin instead of confess it. Cain’s rebellious heart would plague him for his entire life as he tried to find mercy on his terms and not on God’s terms.
Where are you today friend? Are you more concerned with your consequences of your sin then you are of your sin? Are you foolishly trying to keep one step ahead of being caught and forgetting that God knows all things? Do you realize your sins cry out and give you away? If Cain would have dealt with his sin when his sacrifice was not accepted, it would have saved him from his next sin of murdering of his brother. Proverbs 28:13 states, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” What will it take in your life for you to wake up? May we repent of our sin and may we forsake that which separates us from God. You cannot outrun God, but you can always run to Him. May we turn and run to Him instead of running away from Him.
Stay in the fight!