1 Kings 2:43 KJV
Why then hast thou not kept the oath of the LORD, and the commandment that I have charged thee with?
The other day I counseled a young couple planning to marry. During the session I spoke of the importance of the vow. I reminded them that God holds us to our vows and, while it might look like a lot of people get away with breaking vows, I am sure that is not so. God will require justice at some point.
This verse, and indeed this chapter illustrate the principle. Joab and Shimei appear to have gotten away with great sins. Joab killed two innocent men and seemingly got away with it. Not true. There came a day when his sins came home to roost. Shimei was given a condition: one which he vowed to keep. But three years later he broke his oath and was required to pay.
Americans are the worst at keeping our word. We appear to be getting away with every evil imaginable. But I am sure that is not true.
• It could be that things like the economic malady we face right now is judgment from God for enabling vow breakers, homosexuality and baby killers.
• It could be they are not God's judgment and God has reserved up much worse.
What is certain is that no one gets away with sin. The lost man awaits the wrath of God. The Christian may expect to be lovingly but consistently chastened of His heavenly Father.