Your Sin Will Find You Out

A few days ago, Osama bin Laden was killed by American Navy SEAL forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Surely, there will be much buzz about this in the news for days and weeks to come. I want to draw a spiritual parallel for us.

Since the attacks on the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2011, Osama bin Laden has been the most famously sought after fugitive the world has ever known. He ran for almost 10 years after these attacks. As it turned out, he was living in a very elaborate compound and took special precaution not to be traced.  Nothing came in. Nothing went out.  The walls surrounding the compound were up to 18 feet high, all of them topped with barbed wire. There was no internet or video coming into the compound. The garbage was burned.  Yet still, he was found out.

You may be trying to hide your sin, from people and from God. You may have built fortresses around your sin. You may be very careful in what you say and what you do, so as not to allow any detection of this sin from the outside world. You may have been successful for years in hiding.  But, be sure, that God knows of your sin. It will be revealed.  If not in this life, it will be in the life to come.

In Numbers 32:23, God promised the nation of Israel, “Be sure, your sin will find you out.” The promise is still true for us today.  However, today is a day of mercy.  Believe in Jesus Christ, and your sins may be forgiven.  So, flee to him while there is time, lest you face the day when God invades your compound. In that day, there will be no mercy.

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