1 Chronicles 20:1
“And it came to pass, that after the year was expired, at the time that kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the power of the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote Rabbah, and destroyed it.”
The verse above could almost cause one to wonder if people actually get away with their sin. The verse above is what happened right after David committed adultery with Bathsheba, and also had her husband killed. David easily could have thought that he had gotten away with his sin because of the blessings of winning the battle. Don’t you think that those who were at the wrong end of David’s sinful actions wondered about the blessings he seemed to be experiencing? According to verse 2, he took the crown from another king’s head, he increased his wealth, and his armies had defeated the enemy. All of this happened right after his great sin. However, as we know, David paid a dear price for his sin, and what he mistook for God’s blessings in spite of his sin was eventually turned into heartache and regret for the rest of his life. Several lessons can be learned from this incident in David’s life.
First, today’s blessings are a result of yesterday’s righteousness. You may be living in sin today and enjoying blessings in your life, but never mistake these blessings as God’s permission to continue in sin. If you served God in the past, you are reaping today what you did right for God yesterday. Moreover, sin will seem to be rewarding for a season, but once that season ends, you will reap a harvest of God’s judgment.
Second, never mistake today’s reaping as a result of today’s actions. This statement can be looked at in two ways. First, just because you are not reaping good today even though you are doing good does not mean that God won’t reward you for doing right. Likewise, just because life is good today in spite of your sin does not mean that sin’s life is more rewarding than a life of righteousness. Today’s actions always reap a harvest tomorrow. What you are living in today is likely the harvest from yesterday’s actions. You must not quit doing right just because you are not reaping a harvest of blessings today. There is a season for all actions, and the reaping of righteous and sinful living will have a harvest tomorrow. Be sure to live today to reap the desired harvest you want to enjoy tomorrow.
Third, God’s Spirit will not always strive with your sin. There will come a point when God has had enough with your sin, and when that day comes, woe is you. You may have skirted by with sin for a long time, but payday will come. You may have been able to flaunt your sin to others as if you can do anything you want, but God’s Spirit will not always strive with your sin. You are living on dangerous ground when God’s Spirit says that He has had enough of your sin. Sin’s payday is always harsher than the enjoyment that sin has ever brought.
Fourth, now is the time to get right with God if you don’t want to reap the harvest of sin. The only hope of converting your sinful life into a righteous life is God’s Word. Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul…” If you are going to truly change your life so that you don’t go back to your old life, you will only succeed by allowing God’s Word to cleanse you from the inside out. Sin has a payday; please don’t mistake today’s blessings as a sign that God is overlooking your sin. Get right with God today!