“…I shall have peace, even though I follow the dictates of my heart – as though the drunkard could be included with the sober.”
– Deuteronomy 29:19
We must never mistake the Lord’s patience with us as approval of our sin. It may seem as though there is peace now, but a day of reckoning will come. The Bible tells us, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” (2 Peter 3:9-10).
The drunkard has nothing to do with the sober, and light has nothing to do with darkness. The unrighteous will not be counted with the righteous. Make no mistake, those who are considered righteous are not so of our own accord but by the shed blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No one person is above another, it is merely where eternity is spent that separates the two.
When we are asleep in our sin, we gain a false sense of comfort and do not recognize the judgment right before us. It is presumption upon God to believe you can indulge in sin and still be in fellowship with Him. It must be dealt with and driven out so that it does not infect the Lord’s bride, His Church!
“Notice the sinner’s security in sin. Though he hears the words of the curse, yet even then, he thinks himself safe from the wrath of God. There is scarcely a threatening in all the book of God more dreadful than this. Oh, that presumptuous sinners would read it, and tremble! for it is a real declaration of the wrath of God, against ungodliness and unrighteousness of man.”
– Matthew Henry