I’ve stated it before, but I’ll state it again—I’m a big Charles Spurgeon fan. If you aren’t familiar with Charles Spurgeon, you need to be. He was a famous Baptist preacher of the 19th century in England. His sermons and writings have been recorded and retained through decades for the benefit of Christianity. Though I disagree with him on a few doctrinal issues, Spurgeon’s love for God and Spurgeon’s understanding of God’s love exceeds many pens and pulpits.
I’ve recently launched a series at Faith Village over the book of Judges in the Old Testament. I’m preaching this study on Sunday evenings which allows me more time to present and more depth in research. As usual with a series such as this, I’m learning things about biblical history I never knew before. It’s very rewarding for my personal life.
In studying for the message I’ll preach this evening, I was reminded of a famous Charles Spurgeon quote which perfectly describes Israel’s dilemma throughout the Judges’ history. Spurgeon said, “God never allows His people to sin successfully.”
Israel tried to do so at least ten times, through 300-400 years under Judges’ rule. Israel would rebel, be punished, cry out for help, receive help, be restored, but start rebelling again—and it never ended well. Why? Spurgeon reminds us—God never allows His people to sin successfully. There will always be consequences.
And it still rings true today—loudly and widely.
Some think they’ve “sinned successfully” if they don’t get caught. Or if they don’t immediately suffer. Or if they always ask for forgiveness. Yet that logic is at fault on numerous accounts. God’s time table isn’t our time table. God’s judgment isn’t our judgment. God’s strategy isn’t our strategy. Though we can be forgiven through the blood of Jesus, there will always be consequences. And we will always get caught, even if we aren’t caught by human beings. For God knows—nothing gets past Him.
Times haven’t changed. Conspiracies and cover-ups still write headline news. People still cheat the system. Christians still pretend like they don’t rebel against truth.
So don’t try to be the master of your own mistakes. Don’t think you can sweep the sins under the rug, for the “rug” doesn’t exist. Make your choices carefully. Very carefully. For God never allows His people to sin successfully. My friend, it doesn’t end well.