I think that we sometimes fool ourselves that if we do not receive immediate “punishment” for our sins, then we are “in the clear”. For example, if I tell a lie and nobody immediately notices it, then they will never find out. If I am not truthful on my taxes, and I still get a refund check, then I never have to worry. We fool ourselves into thinking that if there are no immediate consequences, then everything will be OK. Unfortunately, things don’t always work that way.
In 2 Samuel 11:26-27 it states, “26 When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. 27 And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.”
David thought that he was in the clear; Uriah was dead, Bathsheba was his wife and a baby was on the way. David failed to realize that what he had done “displeased the Lord”. Our sin is not free, regardless of whether or not there is immediate consequences. Although Jesus paid the price, our sin still displeases the Lord. David would face the painful consequences for his actions, just as there will always be actions for our consequences. Your lies will always be found out and, yes, the IRS does audit. Sin will always be sin and God’s grace will always be available when we repent.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!