“All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt. And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.” – Ecclesiastes 8:9-13
These verses are very profound in acknowledging human nature, or rather that old sin nature that is passed down to everyone of us from the fall of Adam to present. It points out the fact that because judgments for evil acts come slowly, mans heart is set upon doing them thinking they are “getting away with it.” However God assures us that no wickedness goes unpunished. Wether it be swift, slow, in this life or in the next, all receive their just deserts.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”- Galatians 6:7
While it may be part of our sin/human nature to fulfill the lust and selfish wants of the flesh, foolishly hoping to somehow escape the consequences of our actions in our own perceived wisdom or power, those who fear (which means to reverence, respect, humbly submit to, and obey) the Lord are assured of their rewards also. These rewards are both an abundant life of purpose here on earth and eternal joy in heaven with Jesus.
Though it is true that we are born with a selfish, prideful, and foolish heart that is bent on causing others pain and our own destruction, we are not doomed to keep that wicket heart nor do we have to suffer the consequences of the actions it would cause us to take. There is a way, a humbling way, but a way none the less, to get a new one all together.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” – Ezekiel 36:26-27
When we choose to receive Christ as our personal Lord and savior, truly humbling ourselves before Him, repent of our sins, submit to His will and every instruction, trust Him, and give Him our all, He changes the very essence of who we are. He takes that which was vial, wicked, rebellious, and cursed, and makes it a totally new creation with a new heart, new convictions, new desires, new compassions, and new priorities. However for those that refuse to lay aside their selfish pride and cling to their heart of stone rather then to the saving hand of God that is reaching to pull them from the very brink of hells fire, there is dire warning. You will be humbled, either in this life by choice, or in the next by force.
“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” – Isaiah 5:14-16