Because God does not punish sinners instantly, people feel it is safe to do wrong.
Does this verse relate to what’s going on in the world today? It seems as though people have no regard for God or man, no fear of judgment.
I have heard people say something like this: “If you don’t get caught it’s not a crime.” But, the truth is this, even if you were caught and paid the maximum penalty of human law, you will stand in judgment before God, and if you’re not caught, you will stand in judgment before God.
In verse 13 it reads: …their days shall pass away as quickly as shadows because they don’t fear God.
Their days will end, and when their life is over it will seem as though it were only five minutes long. People that don’t fear God, can easily commit a crime, white-collar or blue-collar, with a pen or with a gun.
When a crime is not dealt with, it emboldens the criminal to do more. The Broken Window Theory has been around for some time. In the projects, a window would get broken and the management would not repair it, because the apartment was empty or something. The attitude was that they will just break it again, and the consequence was that more windows were broken, entire complexes with broken windows. It was later discovered that if the repair was made quickly, fewer windows were broken.
So many of these individuals are like broken windows, when you look through the opening all you see is darkness, an inner abyss of hopelessness.