We all know the story of Cain and Abel, the first murder in the Bible, jealousy, rage, and pride at it’s worst. God came to Cain and asked,
“Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brothers blood cries out to me from the ground.” Genesis 4:9-10.
Cain killing Abel is a tragic story but what I want to focus on is God’s statement to Cain. This is a fascinating verse because we can learn so much about how we are created and the impact of our lives. Hebrew, the original language of this text, is such a rich language. The word ‘blood’ in this verse is from a root word that literally means silent, be still, to make silent, die.
That which was silent was calling out.
God heard something from the silence of Abel. He says to Cain, “Listen to the silence of your brothers voice – the silence of the gift (*see footnote) I gave Abel is crying out to me.” It’s as if when God created the Universe he gave everyone a beautiful part in the grandest symphony ever written. Abel’s life had a purposeful sound, he had a voice and the silence of that voice was like screaming to God. The absence of his beautiful creation named Abel was a loud noise. And because Abel was dead not only was his silence screaming but every child and grandchild and great grandchild’s silence was screaming too.
We all have been give a voice, a sound, a part to play in the symphony.
Each one of us is created with purpose, a gift of Grace and Glory to spread upon the Earth. When a life is cut short, like Abel’s, the gift that was designed to impact the Earth is missing and the World will never be the same. Likewise, when we silence our own voice, if we hide the Grace and Glory we’ve been given, the absence of our gift is screaming. Our silence on the Earth is a deafening noise to Heaven. And until we start Being the Earth is less than it should be.
Often our voice is silent because we don’t know who we are or what we are called to do. Knowing ourselves is a key first step in walking out our destiny. If we don’t know our importance and what we are to be it’s impossible to live it. Only in Jesus are we truly known. God is the only one who can see us perfectly. On the Earth we have clouded vision; when we get to Heaven we will see perfectly as He sees. For now we look to Him to help us see. He knows us fully and as we look upon Him he reveals to us what He sees in us. It doesn’t hurt that He created us and so He knows us inside and out.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. I Corinthians 13:12
The more we gaze upon Jesus, the more we know Him, the more clearly we see ourselves. The more clearly we see ourselves the more we know the Grace we’ve been given and the Glory we are to shine upon the World around us.
Another reason we might be silent is fear; fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear that people won’t like us. Ridding ourselves of fear requires us to know the love of God. Perfect love casts out all fear. But along with knowing perfect love we must deconstruct the fortress of lies in our mind that contradict the Truth in us. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) These strongholds protect the lies we believe and they must be taken down for us to freely move forward in our destiny.
Do you want to stop your silence from screaming?
Do you need to find yourself, to know yourself, to see yourself more clearly?
Start now. Start asking questions. Start praying. Start reading God’s word. Seek Truth. Ask for help.
God is faithful, He promises us that those who seek – find!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
Recommended reading and Footnotes:
The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallottan
The Lies We Believe by Dr Chris Thurman
Victorious Mindsets & Cracks in Our Foundation both by Steve Backlund