Getting Away With It (for now…)

It’s the kind of thing that mamas tell their children, to scare them into good behavior: “be sure your sin will find you out.” Unfortunately, when we grow up, we tend to forget that bit of Biblical wisdom taken from Numbers 32:23. Somewhere along the line, as we’re pushing that behavioral envelope, and we find out about all the things that we seem to be able to “get away with.” We push that envelope, and since we weren’t struck dead on the spot, we figure that it’s not so bad. Then, we push a little more, and the cycle continues and we think we can “get away with” even more.

Of course, the person who believes this hasn’t read (or at least doesn’t understand) Galatians 6:7, which says:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

This person is sowing weeds, and when they don’t spring up quickly, they assume that they can “get away with it” without facing the consequences of their disobedience. But, sooner or later, those weeds WILL grow, and you WILL reap what you’ve sown. Your sin WILL find you out.

This whole thread of thought stems from a sound file that I heard yesterday. It was a recording of one of those “memorable moments in live radio” that’s been making the rounds among us broadcast geeks, and it’s an excellent example of the principle stated above.

The radio station was doing a promotion called “He loves me, he loves me not.” A young lady called in and told about her boyfriend, with whom she had what sounded like a classic, storybook relationship. He lived in another part of the state, but came to see her on weekends. They were very much in love, and despite the prodding of the DJ, the young lady said that she had total trust in her boyfriend’s faithfulness.

Then, with the girlfriend still on the line, the DJ called this guy at home. When the guy answered, he was congratulated for being this month’s lucky winner of a dozen roses that he would be delivered to whomever he wanted. His reply: “You can send them to my wife, <different name than the girlfriend>.”


You can probably imagine the ugly scene that followed. I won’t be repeating it here, as there are simply too many expletives to delete. In short, lets just say that “his sin found him out.”

The real heartbreaker in the whole thing, to me at least, was this innocent young lady who thought that she was blessed with a model relationship with a wonderful guy—only to find out that he was a two-timing creep who was cheating on his wife. She deserves better than the public humiliation she experienced on live radio.

What the guy got, he deserved. I hope his wife was listening.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (Gal 6:7). It’s the law. It works that way every single time. You might THINK you’re “getting away with it,” but sooner or later that crop WILL ripen and you WILL reap what you’ve sown.

Doesn’t it make sense to sow good seed and pray for an abundant harvest, instead of sowing bad seed and praying for crop failure?

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