Read: Esther 6
A lonely man in a local hospital is discovering that sin, like a boomerang, can come back and hurt us. His four children, all divorced and self-centred, never visit him. He doesn’t even know some of his own grandchildren. He is now reaping what he sowed years before. When he was a young father, he paid no attention to his aging parents, and he left his wife to marry a younger woman. Is it then any wonder that his own children have followed in his footsteps?
The Bible mentions many incidents that call attention to the sobering fact that our sins can bring our own downfall. Perhaps the most striking is the account of Haman, mentioned in the book of Esther. His hatred for Mordecai the Jew led him to scheme a devious plan to exterminate all Jews. The plan also called for the building of a gallows on which Mordecai would be hanged. In his prideful desire for public approval, Haman suggested to the king an honouring ceremony in which he fully expected to be the central figure. But through an ironic turn of events the honours went to Mordecai. And Haman was hanged on the gallows that he made.
Although God graciously forgives us, we still must live with the consequences of our sins. Prov. 22:8 rightly says, “He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow.” It would be good for us to heed the warnings of Scripture. They are intended to help us. By learning from the experience of others, we can escape the rebound effect of sin. The pleasures of sin may have great appeal, and they may look like rare bargains, but seldom do we clearly see the hidden cost that we must bear. And what people call their fate is often the result of their own foolishness.