The local news reported that a man who had committed several rapes 30 years ago was discovered as a result of DNA tests. His sentence – 240 years behind bars. I’ll bet he was surprised.
Numbers 32:23 says “Be sure your sins will find you out.” Our national forefathers called this “natural law” a term we don’t hear much today in a society bent on ignoring every form of the law. They meant in that term that no matter what man did, either as individuals or as a group, certain behaviors and events would generate forgone conclusions, that the murderer would suffer for his crime either at the hands of man, or nature or an angry God. Even the heathen understood this to be true although they were more likely to give spirits and demons in trees the authority to carry out justice.
These days the general public does not recognize consequences. Life is supposed to be utopia, and they become enraged when they have even the slightest inconvenience. For those of us who lived through wars and want it seems a rather Pollyanna-ish view of the world. And we wonder when they’ll catch wise.
If the Millennials were in church they’d have a better chance of learning how there is a payday, and not just a negative one. People who play by the rules anywhere on this planet will enjoy the fruit of their wise decisions, no matter their cultures. Yes, it is hard to live under socialism/communism or oligarchies and dictators. But confined moral and focused living always pays off in individual peace and personal joy. Some of the best movies recently have demonstrated this. I think of The Book Thief and Life is Beautiful, both stories from World War II, terror and want and death.
You would expect me, a teacher to say this. But to me the chief sin is unteachableness. The Bible, Real Life, and the witness of people we know should be teaching us the message – that we should deal with sin in all its forms ASAP.
That man thought after 30 years he’d had completely escaped the consequences of his crime, his sin. Not so. Be sure your sins will find you out.