Today’s reading I Kings 1-2
I Kings 2:38 And Shimei said unto the king, The saying is good: as my lord the king hath said, so will thy servant do. And Shimei dwelt in Jerusalem many days.
Shimei had thrown dirt and stones on David when Absalom kicked David out of his own palace. He had cursed David. David in grace and kindness had allowed him to live.
Now Solomon is king. He makes a way for Shimei to live if he wants to. Shimei only has to be respectful of the agreement the king makes with him. Shimei fully expected Solomon to kill him. It is what kings do.
Solomon in these chapters is doing away with many that had sinned against his father and the kingdom. He gives Shimei an opportunity to live.
Shimei does fine for several years but eventually will leave town and bring the death penalty on himself.
That is how it is with us. We will always fail. If you are not a believer you might do great for a time but sooner or later you are going to fail. When you do you will be judged and found guilty.
That is why it is so important that you accept the free gift of eternal life that is provided through Jesus Christ. He took your sin debt. He suffered the consequences of your sin.
All of us in our natural state will fail God. We are undeserving sinners but we have the wonderful offer of grace.