And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?  Gen. 4:9

     (Read Genesis 4:8,9, Psalm 10:4-11)


There were two who knew where Abel was. Cain knew and the Lord knew.  Cain seemed to be unaware that the Lord knew everything.  When He asked this question, God gave Cain an opportunity to acknowledge his sin. Instead, Cain acted as though he was innocent. 

It is astonishing how many people are like Cain. They act as though God does not see them.  They are aptly described by the psalmist who wrote, “He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face he will never see it” (Ps. 10:11). 

A young man was seeking counsel. He had gone through many relationships and left a trail of broken hearts behind him.  This time it was his heart that was broken.  When he was asked about his faults, he had a ready excuse for each one.  The Biblical counsel he received gave him a brief moment of candor.  “It doesn’t work with God, does it?”

What doesn’t work?” asked the counselor.

“I can’t fool God, can I?”

“No, He always knows the truth.”

The man was silent. He knew that his arguments would fail since God already knew everything about him: his deception, his two-timing, his glib speaking. Sadly, after a short time of acting as though he would walk straight, he went back to his old ways. 

When one of us harms another, God will bring us to account. “Where is your brother?”  There is no reason to deny what we have done, or act as though we are innocent of the hurt we have caused.  Thankfully, there is grace available through Jesus to bring us forgiveness, change our focus, and put a love in us so that we can be “our brother’s keeper.”

Dalbert Walker