Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me, and what do I gain by not sinning?’ Job 35:3
The world does not see sin as sin. They do not have a solid foundational moral code to live by, so the rules to not sin mean nothing to them. Those in the world make the rules as they go along to meet their needs at the moment. It has to fit the rule: if it feels good, if it helps me, if it does not directly hurt anyone else, then do it.
Elihu pointed out a question that many believers have asked over time. People often want to know what benefit there is in not sinning.
This question is often asked of the world because of what they see in believers. If the believers they are seeing are living their life just as the world does, in sin, then it is a good question. There are many believers living in such a way, that they do not look any different than those who are not believers. Their lives are not set apart, holy unto God.
Living like this, causes a bad witness for Jesus. It turns people away from God, because why should they follow someone who requires some change, yet, they never see the change. There is no difference in how they live.
Other believers also question giving up sin, because of the troubles they are going through. They look at the challenges in life as God is against them. They watch non-believers seemingly going through life having everything going for them and no problems. As they see this, they begin to wonder why they should give up sin, why not keep sinning and enjoy it, life will be the same or even better.
Living like this misses the blessings God has for a person. The peace and joy of a relationship with God, the hope of eternal life, and the work of God in their lives.
God allows bad things in your life to build you and help you be His witness. It is not to tear you down or crush you, but to build you up.
Living in sin brings on many problems, ultimately separation from God for eternity. Having temporary pleasure in sin will not be worth losing eternal life with God.
Keep your focus on what God is blessing you with, even during times of struggle. Don’t allow yourself to look back and choose to go back to sin. It is not worth it.
I pray today that you will see the blessings God is giving you; that you will know the peace God has for you; that you will see the benefit of following God; and that God will help you to keep from looking back to sin.