It seems as though Old Testament guys had a bum deal, if you made God mad you might well be killed. God stepped in and stopped the insanity with spectacular judgments.
In our day of grace we “get away with it.” No spectacular judgments, ground doesn’t open up and swallow people. We assume God must be cool with us, thinks we’re OK.
Here’s the burden of grace: you might just be storing up for yourself wrath. Paul talks about this in Romans 1 and 2. God gives up on people, lets them go their own way. They think they are getting away with it. Maybe God even approves, He’s not doing anything to stop me.
In reality, what might look like grace could very well be God’s indifference to your condition. He’s allowing you to sin to store up wrath against the day of judgment.
How do you know if God has “given up” on you or if you are in His grace? Is there a difference? Yup.
If you’re in God’s grace it will teach you to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and to live soberly, righteously and godly. God’s indifference to your plight is no sign of grace. A loving Father chastens the son He loves. If you’re getting away with sin, seems as if God is nowhere near, be afraid.