38 But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.
It is a feature of this mortal life that there is often a delay between choice and consequence. We do good things and receive no immediate reward. We do evil things and feel no pain. This delay is a great blessing to us because it gives us an opportunity to repent. However, it does not last forever. Eventually, we will face the consequences of our actions unless we repent. The test of this life is to see whether we will prepare for that inevitable outcome now, before it is upon us. That is why the prophets sometimes speak of future consequences as if they were present. In verse 32, for example, Samuel says, “Your desolation is already come upon you, and your destruction is made sure.” The choice which led to this consequence is in the past, and the time for undoing it is over. If we want to take advantage of the delay between choice and consequence, we must do so now, before it is too late.