Judges 9:56 Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:
God makes it clear in story after story that sin doesn’t go unpunished. Sometimes it may seem like it takes too long but God is just. Here Abimelech dies. He dies because of his sin. He had killed and now he dies.
I need to remember that sin has horrible consequences. I do not want to deal with these consequences so I will try to honor and serve God with my life. I will stay away from sin and teach my children the same. Sin hurts.
God is not cruel when He tells me not to sin. Allowing me to sin without warning me of its consequences would be cruel.