Numbers 21: (NKJV)
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.”
This passage is interesting because I see in it proof that God does not always take away the punishment for our sins.
We reap what we sow.
But He does give us an out so to speak in the guise of the bronze serpent described here.
Life is not a great “Rose Garden”, but a working garden. It is not for just beauty and for our pleasure alone, although that function is also is there. Rather, life is a working garden meant to produce fruit (and vegetables!). We are here for a purpose. Like children, we need to be corrected when we go amuck. So sometimes, when we break His Laws, we have to pay a price. We are forgiven, for the Lord Jesus paid the final price for our sin. But there are repercussions to actions that are not taken away. An example that comes to mind is that of getting into drugs, alcohol or pornography. We can pray and we will be forgiven, but the snakes are still always there to keep trying to “get us again”.
So our best course of action is to stay way away from sin to the very best of our abilities. And when we do stray – look to the cross where our salvation was ultimately won. Thus, we may still bear the repercussions, but we will LIVE!