There is no sin that does not come without its consequence. Though the consequence may not come immediately, the Bible teaches that sin's consequence will manifest in God's time. There are many who think that they can do certain things in sin against a holy, righteous and just God, and that because there is no immediate backlash, they have gotten away with it. Yet the Bible is stern in revealing that God will not be mocked. All who sin will pay some consequence for sin. This does not necessarily mean that all who sin will burn in hell since those who believe in the identity and work of Jesus are justified from sin. This does mean that saved, or not, there are affects of sin that all who sin must deal with.
A great example of this reality is found in Genesis 29:13-30. In this portion of scripture the Bible explains the testimony of Jacob as he stayed with Laban in order to flee the wrath of his brother Esau who was seeking to kill Jacob. The Bible explains that after Jacob had stayed with Laban for a month and helped Laban work the land, Laban approached Jacob and tried to make things fair by offering Jacob wages for his work. Since Jacob was in love with Laban's daughter Rachel, Jacob asked it he could work for the duration of 7 years and then have permission to marry Rachel. Though Laban had two daughters, the younger of which being Rachel, Laban agreed to the terms that Jacob presented. Though the custom was that a father gives away his older daughter first, Laban agreed with Jacob that he could marry Rachel after his seven years of work.
Genesis 29:13-30 explains that Jacob took joy in his work and looked forward to the day he could marry his bride. The Bible explains that Jacob was so excited with the idea of taking Rachel as his wife that the seven years he worked seemed only like a few days to him. Jacob's love and affection was so great for Rachel that the time he spent working towards her was a joy and went by really quickly. In this part of the testimony there is a beautiful picture of the Lord's affection for His bride. Bible prophecy and timelines strongly suggest that the Lord's timetable is working in patterns of 7. As the Lord commanded that there be rest on the 7th day, the Bible prophetically suggests that "rest" will come on "the 7th day" for God's people. The Lord commanded that the land have a "sabbath" every 7 years. The Lord commanded that after 14 years, on the fifteenth year should be a jubilee in which all things are made new and equal, giving everyone a clean slate for that year. These things line up with the literal timeline of the Bible, which shows the age of the world approaching the 7,000th year, which in God's prophetic timeline, resembles a sabbath. Many Bible teachers state that this is a clue regarding the timing of the return of Christ. Since Jesus is pictured as the bridegroom and the church is described as His bride, the testimony of Jacob and Rachel can be viewed as a type of picture of Jesus' affection for His church. As Jacob willingly and patiently worked and waited to be joined to his bride that he loved so dearly, one can see a "type" of strong affectionate love that Jesus has for His church as He willingly and patiently works until the day He's joined to His bride on the "7th" year.
However, the story of Jacob and Rachel does not end happily ever after on the 7th years as one might suspect. Jacob's deceptive habits fittingly caught up to him. The reason that Jacob was in Haran with Laban was because Jacob was fleeing the wrath of his brother Esau. Jacob deceived his father Isaac by making him think he was Esau in order to steal Esau's blessing. While God did not directly respond to Jacob's deception, knowing that He wanted Jacob to have the blessing anyway, that did not excuse Jacob from the consequence of his sin. Thus, Genesis 29:13-30 shows Jacob paying for his sin 7 years later in the same manner that he sinned. In other words - what goes around, comes around.
Genesis 29:13-30 explains that when Jacob's 7 years of labor came up, he approached Laban and asked to marry Rachel as they had agreed upon. Laban agreed and they threw a wedding party. However, as Jacob was in his tent preparing to "consecrate" his marriage with his new wife Rachel, Laban deceived Jacob by sending his older daughter Leah instead. The Bible explains that in the darkness, Jacob slept with Leah instead of Rachel, and when he realized such the next morning, he was distraught. He immediately went to Laban and asked for the meaning of his deception. Laban explained the custom to give away the older daughter first. However, rather than explain these things to Jacob upfront, Laban deceived Jacob, thereby allowing Jacob to get a taste of his own deceptive medicine, finding it to be bitter indeed.
Jacob's sin had caught up with him. It took 7 years for consequence to reveal itself, but the consequence of Jacob's deception appeared nonetheless. Thus, Jacob was forced to work another 7 years for Laban in order to receive the wife he wanted to begin with. Though Jacob was willing to work the other 7 years, the consequence of Jacob's sin caused grief amongst his family. Jacob was married to Leah, a woman that was second to Rachel in the mind of Jacob. Leah was forced to deal with this reality. Rachel wanted to be with Jacob and Jacob wanted to be with Rachel, but both were forced to wait 14 years because of the consequence of Jacob's deception. While God was faithful to fulfill His promises according to His will, He was also just and righteous to allow the affects of Jacob's deception to bear its ugly fruit. This is a tough reality about sin. Just because one doesn't seem to see the consequence for one's sin arise immediately doesn't mean the consequence of one's sin won't manifest at a time that one least expects as it did for Jacob. God is loving, gracious and merciful, but He is also fair and righteous. Though Jacob believe in God and followed God and was saved by God did not make him exempt from sin's consequences. This is why God speaks so passionately about fleeing from sin. He wants to protect His children from situations like Jacob, Leah, and Rachel.