July 13, 2020
A Sentence Takes Time
Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 (KJB) Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. 12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: 13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.
The judgment of God is hard for humanity to understand. Why? Because the result of wicked behavior often does not come immediately. It takes time. Living in this “hurry-up world,” it often seems as if the consequences of ungodly actions never arrive, that individuals can get away with evil acts with no price to pay. However, God does not work on time as we know it in this world. God also promises that unconfessed evil will bring about missed rewards for regenerated hearts, and lost souls will face the certainty of eternal suffering forever with no action beyond the reaping of necessary consequences.
A judge in a courtroom hands a sentence with a verdict after any subject is tried and found guilty or acquitted for the accusation of a crime(s) in a court of law. A court case takes time, but justice prevails. Likewise, both the judgment and blessings promised by God are indeed apart of the future of every soul, whether spiritually lost or quickened alive in Christ.
God will demand justice; you can count on it!
Solomon understands in these Old Testament verses, just as we must today, that sinners will always reap the consequences of their choice to sin against God and in breaking humanity’s laws. Though the consequences of sin are most often not immediate, justice will prevail, if not in this world, then certainly in the eternal realm.
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