Make no mistake. People who are doing evil thinking they can go away with it will pay heavily for it.
The rate of evil in the world has become alarming. We find people killing to get power; killing to stay in power. We kill and cheat and exploit to enrich ourselves. Can we do all this and go away with it? We cannot. We cannot kill others, burn down their houses and destroy their property and go scotch free. It doesn’t happen. To think you can commit such atrocities in life and go free is to fail to understand the world in which we live.
No evil in this world goes unpunished. Take me for my word. Either the punishment is immediate or deferred.
Open your eyes and look around, far and near. All the dictators who subjected their people to torture, untold suffering and numerous deaths did not go free. Not even one of them went free.
Either they are punished in ways that are very obvious or in ways that are not.
We live in a world that operates on the principle of balance. When you work hard and do what should be done to succeed, you succeed. When you are lazy, you fail. When you do good you are rewarded. When you do evil, you are punished immediately or with time; directly or indirectly.
Undoubtedly, many will disagree. You will say you have worked hard but have not succeeded or you know people who are working very hard but are not succeeding and many are committing atrocities and going free. To this I say yes, if you go to our prisons, you will find people who should be free but who are languishing there while many criminals who should be gnashing their teeth behind the bars are enjoying full freedom.
But what happens in the long run? Success is a tricky thing. And depends on what we call success. A lot of what looks like failure is actually success in disguise; and a lot of what looks like glittering success is woeful failure in disguise.
Haven’t you seen people who have risen from rags to riches? Or who were sitting on mud and rose to sit on a throne? Have you not seen someone who has risen from a gutter to an ivory tower? Have you not seen someone who has gone from prison to the presidency? Have you not seen unknown quantities who have ended like saints in heaven? ” …there are people who have risen from obscurity to places of honour.” Sir.20:11.
Similarly, some people who are reigning in palaces today will go down to live in huts tomorrow. From shining success to shameful failure. After swimming in an ocean of abundance, they found themselves in a barren land of misery.
The man who goes from the presidency to live in a hut had been working for it all along without being aware. Through unscrupulous methods of behaviour, he was paving the way for his downfall.
The one who rises from mud to an ivory tower was paving the way for that all along.
Our rise or fall is a reward or punishment for seeds sown.
Even if you do evil and go free, know that your children or grandchildren will pay the price. The Lord himself says it, “I will not fail to punish children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for the sins if their parents” ex. 34:7-8.
Remember the voice of John the Baptist crying out, “The axe is ready to cut down the trees at the roots; every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire.” Matt. 3:10;Luke 3:9.
In Sirach, Joshua warns those who “go on committing one sin after another not to be deceived to think that God will forgive your sins no matter how many they are. He does show mercy, but he also shows his furious anger with sinners.” Sirach 5:5-6. “His anger can come upon you suddenly, and you will die under his punishment.” Sir. 5:7.
He even cautions those who go for ill gotten wealth not to “rely on dishonest wealth; it will do you no good on that day of disaster.” Sir. 5:8.
To cut a long story short, those who are committing evil thinking they are doing something, should know. Nobody does evil and goes free. We all get reward or punishment for our deeds. A word to the wise is sufficient.