As A Dog Returns To His Own Vomit, So A Fool Repeats His Folly
The Bible tells us that just like a dog returns to his own vomit, so does a fool return to his folly. Whenever we come to the knowledge of truth and then choose to go against the Word of God, we can be likened to a clean pig who returns to the mud.
For if, after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 2 Peter 2:20–21.
There is a season in life when we really do not know what the truth is, a time when we walk blind and follow the blind, a time when our spiritual eyes are yet to be opened. During those seasons of blindness, many people end up making many mistakes, they end up indulging in the pleasures and worries of this world, they end up living a life that does not please God.
Most people, for most or even all of their lives, live in darkness even without knowing it. The enemy has taken many souls captive, He has made many people’s lives his playground.
But thanks be to God, there comes a time when our spiritual eyes are opened and we are awakened to the truth.
Such an awakening is so profound that it changes the trajectory of those people who are willing to walk in the truth of the Word of God, in who they are and whose they belong to and in the purpose for which they were created.
God is the One who gives meaning to life, He created us for a purpose, He is our Source. We were created to fulfill a purpose in this world, and our lives belong to God. It is God who holds the manuscript of our lives and we are to go to Him for direction in life. The Word of God is Truth and is our roadmap on how we are supposed to live our lives.
The Word of God is life. What we do with that understanding is vital. Do we continue to willingly sin even after we have received the knowledge of the truth or do we surrender all unto the Lord? The Bible tells us that if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover those sins.
Deliberate sinning is willful disobedience to God, and that is rebellion.
If we know God tells us He hates sin and yet we willingly continue indulging in sin, then we start operating in rebellion, and the Bible tells us that rebellion is sinful as witchcraft and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. Jesus Christ died for our sins but when we start walking in rebellion, no sacrifice will cover such sin.
Sometimes people are deceived into thinking that they can sin all that they want and then at the last moment get saved. Yet, no human being knows when their last moment will be. Our breath belongs to God. Most importantly, God looks at the heart. Let us learn to walk in wisdom.
We should not just approach God to get things from Him but we should have genuine love for Him. Deliberate sinful indulgence after coming to the knowledge of the truth can be likened to a dog returning to his own vomit. As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Sin is ugly. Why would we ever want to return to a sinful life?
The world has nothing to offer us, satan is the god of this world and he hates us and wants people to perish with him — the wages of sin is death. Let us never forget that the temporary pleasures achieved from sin and carnal living are not worth eternal separation from God.
Let us not be lukewarm, we should either be hot or cold, but let us be wise enough and choose to be hot, living a life fully dedicated to the Lord. Just as a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Let us not have one foot into the world and the other in the Lord, let us choose never to return to where we came from, let us press forward and pursue righteousness.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abides in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:4–6.
Through Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have been delivered from much — from the past, from sin and from all kinds of bondage. Let us never return to where we have been delivered from.
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Originally published at https://www.vickysforum.com on January 11, 2022.