The Great Cost of Sin
1 Samuel 21:1-2
David went to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. Ahimelech trembled when he met him, and asked, “Why are you alone? Why is no one with you?” David answered Ahimelech the priest, “The king charged me with a certain matter and said to me, ‘No one is to know anything about your mission and your instructions.’ As for my men, I have told them to meet me at a certain place.
David was on the run. He was on the run from Saul. It was official, he became public enemy number one in Saul's eyes. In light of that revelation he runs to a temple. Great run to God! But that is not what really happened. Instead, what he does is to lie to everyone there. He lies to cover his behind and get the resources he needs to survive. Sounds logical. I mean it's not like he took a whole lot. Except, later we learn that Saul kills everyone in that town. Many people paid for the lie that David did. He lied to others in order to survive. However, other people paid the price for his survival with their very lives. Sin, regardless if even done with good intentions has consequences.
I was told once that though you may think you are taking something for free, someone pays for it. There is a price for your sin, a price for your actions. Sometimes we all get caught up in our own progress or our own forward progression and we ask people for support, we fail to see the cost for them. I was reminded in a podcast yesterday of opportunity cost that would be missed if we commit to something else. Decisions, especially sinful ones have a lot of missed opportunity cost to them. The lesson here is that sin has a cost, and that I as a Christian, must be very aware that of my actions. The saving grace though is that there will be a cost to our sin, our Lord God can turn what was meant for evil to good. Our God is great.
Thank you Lord for this reminder of cost of sin and the missed opportunity that it has.