“Why has the wicked despised God? He says to himself, ‘You will not demand an account.’” Psalm 10:13
I want to make a concession. Although Numbers 32:23 says, “Be sure your sin will find you out,” I cannot prove this empirically to every person. I realize that not every sexually promiscuous person gets an STD. I realize that many terrorists feel no remorse or guilt when they enter into the dark side of sin. But there is a greater truth behind this verse than empirical truth; it is a spiritual truth. Even if there are no evident earthly consequences, no one ever gets away with sin. How do I know this is true? I know this because there is a holy God in heaven.
There are two main reasons that people choose to sin. First, they think they can hide what they do. Second, they think they can escape what they do. They truly believe they can get away with it. Once you deny in your heart that there is any consequence to sin, every reason not to enter that darkness is taken away.
The problem is you can fool a policeman, a judge, or a jury…but you cannot fool God. There is not a lawyer in the world that can plea bargain your sin away with God. Technicalities don’t work in His courtroom. Notorious criminals like Jack the Ripper may have gotten away with their crimes, but they did not get away with their sin. The God of heaven knows exactly who they are and what they have done, and they will be judged for their dark side.
We all have the tendency to hide our sin. And the more we trick ourselves into believing we are hiding sin, the more tempted we are to continue sinning. God always knows, and sooner or later our sin will come out. Some day, somehow, the moment of truth will arrive. God watches. God sees. God knows.
Dear Lord, I am grateful that you see everything and know everything, because that means I ultimately can't hide anything from you. Give me the strength I need to confess any hidden sin and to repent of that sin. Help me to honor you by living a life that is fully open to you. Amen.