He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
Can you commit adultery and not get caught? Fools think they can! Here are the words of an adulteress seducing her victim to let down his guard and have sex with her. Her words are part of Solomon’s lengthy parable about the seduction of a young man (Pr 7:6-23). He knew he had to teach his son the folly of thinking he could get away with sexual sins.
Adulteresses fear angry husbands. Adulterers fear angry husbands as well. So the whore in Solomon’s parable promised the young man total safety in entering her house and bed (Pr 7:18-21). Her husband was gone on a distant business trip, and since he had a large expense account, he would surely not come home before he was expected. What a lie! The LORD looks out for husbands, because He made the woman for him (Num 5:11-31).
But God has spoken! “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Num 32:23). You cannot go far enough; you cannot make it dark enough; you cannot disguise yourself well enough; you cannot lie convincingly enough. If you violate God’s law, you will suffer for it. Guaranteed! If men do not directly discover your sin, yet God Himself is fully aware of it, and He will judge accordingly, by exposing it to me or punishing you directly Himself.
Do not let others deceive you about not getting caught. And do not lie to yourself about not getting caught. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Pr 15:3). And He takes particular notice of sexual sins. “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings” (Pr 5:21). Discontented wife, remember that Jehovah is the God of the test of jealousy for wives (Num 5:11-31).
Reuben was sure he could sneak a tryst with his father’s wife (Gen 35:22; 49:4). Judah thought he could visit a prostitute in the countryside and get away with it (Gen 38:12-26). Samson was sure he could fornicate with Philistine whores and survive. David was confident he had covered his adultery, but it was exposed to God and Israel (II Sam 12:7).
Fool! Can you sneak a peak at Internet porn and not get caught? No, you cannot. The moment you taste the forbidden fruit, your conscience catches you, the Spirit is grieved and quenched, and you are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin to scorn warnings and pursue sin further (John 8:9; Eph 4:30; I Thess 5:19; Heb 3:12-13). You will take more peaks, and then your lusts will corrupt and deceive you and begin to trouble your life.
Your wife will not be attractive as she was yesterday. You will be frustrated by peeping without fulfillment. The word of God will be dull and closed to you. His worship will become a burden. Your mind will play with the images and crave to see them again. You will sneak around like a thief for another peak. And you call this getting away with it?
Unable to resist the temptation, you repeat the sin. Shortly you need more graphic images. Frustration builds higher. Your wife is no longer desirable at all. Your ability to perform begins to slip. You are deeply backslidden, and spiritual things are of no interest. You are trapped in a downward spiral of sexual sin and soul destruction (Pr 5:22-23).
The Destroyer whispers to your foolish soul that you are getting away with looking at naked women, just because no one has caught you red handed! What folly! What a lie! You are totally caught! You are a bond slave! And there is no one to deliver you! You are an alien from God, your wife, and your own new man. You are a walking dead man. This is the best-case scenario, because the evidence indicates that you do not have a new man.
Fool! Can you watch faithless romance on television with your family and get away with it? Not a chance! The combination of beautiful models, expensive sets, feigned lovemaking, emotional soundtracks, special lighting, slow-motion close-ups, and numerous retakes work powerfully to captivate the open minds seeking a little relaxation.
You will light a fire in the hearts of your children and your own heart for something that does not exist – happiness with another person without God and Christ being first in each life. You will set in motion the craving for Hollywood romance that will frustrate your marriage and provoke your children to defy you and seek love among the world’s pagans.
Do not listen to any person or any feeling that leads you to think you can get away with sin, especially sexual sin. Any person that makes the suggestion is a wicked accomplice in your destruction, and such feelings in your heart are temptations from the devil himself. Think rather upon the rule from heaven, “Be sure your sin will find you out!”
If you are a believer in the Lord Christ, you are His bride (II Cor 11:1-2). He has gone on a far journey, but He is coming again (Mark 13:34). He is an extremely jealous Husband (Ex 34:14). He considers even friendship with the world to be spiritual adultery (Jas 4:4). He considers a carnally minded virgin not worthy of Him (Matt 25:1-13). Are you watching, waiting, and looking for His coming with eager anticipation (Titus 2:13-14)?