Ziklag: Digging a Deeper Hole | Genesis 4:8 | Devotional
Genesis 4:8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
The first murder recorded in Scripture was a premeditated, cold-blooded killing, stemming from jealousy. When God favored Abel’s sacrifice, Cain became visibly angry. God warned him that sin was like a famished lion “crouching at his door.” But he refused to listen.
After the killing, God asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” Obviously God knew the answer but gave Cain the chance to confess. Cain, however, dug the sinful hole deeper. “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Sin never rides alone. It always comes with a partner or two or three. One sin calls for another and another.
When we refuse to confess our sins, we are like a man who begins to dig a hole. Deeper and deeper he digs, until he is trapped in the depth of his own digging. Are you trapped today in a circumstance you have created? Here’s the way out: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). God will reach down and bring you up; then he’ll walk beside you on the journey back home.
Lord, I pray those who are trapped in a hole that they have dug. One sin, followed by another, has put them in a dark, lonely place. From that deep place, may they call out to you. Thank you for the promise that you will deliver us…even from the holes of our own digging. In Jesus name. Amen.