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September 7, 2013

Text: “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.” Proverbs 5:21

My  wife relates an incident in her childhood .  On her block lived several kids about her age. They played together. One summer  day the group somehow came by a pack of cigarettes. Not wanting their parents to know of their naughtiness, they decided to find some secret place to  be concealed. My father-in-law had built a playhouse  for my wife-to-be and her sister in their backyard. So they quietly made their way to the playhouse. Each conspirator was given a cigarette and they lit up.  However, the small building soon was rank with smoke. Because the smokers were coughing, they opened the windows for relief.  My wife’s mother ran out of the house and nabbed the mischievous offenders.  Someone was watching.

We frequently scheme so that we can sin and not be discovered. Usually we are exposed and must face our sentence. And then there is the embarassment of our exposure. Tell me how it is that offenders of God’s laws seem to think that God is asleep, will not punish my sins, or doesn’t mean what he says.

God knows how sinners think! But, sinners will rationalize: “He says in his heart, ‘”God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.'”  Psalms 10:11 Perhaps some of the trouble is that wrongdoers don’t know how God thinks!  Don’t suppose that God doesn’t know your sins. Listen to a part of Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill in Athens. “The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed…” Acts 17:30-31  Always remember what Moses said in Numbers 32:23 “…and be sure your sins will find you out.”

Examples of sinners exposed are numerous. Let’s think of just three startling cases. William Jefferson Clinton, while serving as president of the USA, found that he could not escape dishonor for his adulterous affair with Monica Lewinsky. Throughout his interrogation he evaded, denied and equivocated. Finally, a member of the press asked, “Mr. Clinton, why did you do it?”  Mr. Clinton said, “Because I could!” Now that is arrogance! Flaunting his arrogance in the face of his guilt. God hates arrogant sin.

Our second study is Bernie Madoff. Mr. Madoff owned and operated Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. He took money from people from all segments of the economy and invested it in a Ponzi Scheme, ruining the financial stability of thousands. The appointed trustee of the bankrupt company estimated losses to investors to be $108 Billion. In 2009 he was sentenced to 150 years in federal prison. One of his sons was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison; the other son committed suicide. What a tragedy!  Lesson: YOUR SIN CANNOT ESCAPE DETECTION.

The third subject is John Edwards, former US senator from the state of South Carolina. Edwards was selected as the Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party in the 2004 election. It was alleged that Edwards had had an extra-marital affair with Rielle Hunter, a former campaign worker. In early 2010 Edwards released a report admitting that he had fathered a child with Hunter. Later it was shown that Edwards had used over $1 Million covering up his adultery with Rielle Hunter. His wife subsequently divorced him. His sin cost him a tremendous amount of embarrassment and his political career.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for  what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” II Corinthians 5:10

Yes, God watches!

  1. Larry permalink

    I like the way you placed the insights of the Psalmist beside the 3 modern examples. The teachings of scripture never get old.

  2. Remember, there’s a all seeing eye watching you!!!

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