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Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?"
He said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
~ Genesis 4:9 (NKJV)
And Cain said to the LORD, "My punishment is greater than I can bear! ... I shall be hidden from Your face ..."
~ Genesis 4:13-14 (NKJV)
When I read this passage, I am astonished that Cain could stand in the face of God, blatantly lie, and show such flippant audacity.
Then I am forced to ask myself how often the Holy Spirit confronts me plainly, and I feign uncertainty that I hear His voice, or I have the audacity to not heed His promptings at once.
And it is more than I can bear to wonder what blessings I forfeit as a consequence.
Lord, please keep us mindful to respond to Your Spirit's voice as if we could see Your face.
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