Don’t be deceived. Just because God doesn’t judge our sin immediately doesn’t mean that we are off the hook. It doesn’t mean that God has changed His mind about every action being accountable before Him. It doesn’t mean that He has become flippant about the issue of disobedience to His law. Rather, the delay in judgment is evidence of His mercy. Although owing no one a delay in the execution of judgment, this is what God does over and over again.
Unfortunately, as sinners we have a tendency to mistake the slowness of God’s judgment for a belief that God doesn’t really care about what we do. Worse yet, we begin to assume that perhaps God does not think so badly of what we have done. “Perhaps,” we reason, “God is more like us than we originally thought. Psalm 50 warns us of just such false confidence. There God cites a list of infractions against His law and then says: “These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you….”
Really, the point is quite clear. Don’t deceive yourself. Don’t misunderstand the slowness of God’s judgment. Every deed will have its judgment day and unless you find a hiding place in Christ you are exposed to that judgment.
Something to think about from “The Kingdom Perspective.”
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.”
~Romans 2: 4-5