When I was a senior in high school, I severely sprained my right ankle and was placed in a cast for several weeks. That ankle never truly regained full strength and over the years, I have managed to reinjure that same ankle several times. Although I thought I have taken great measures to avoid injury, it seems that I keep returning to the same habits that caused the injury in the first place. Why am I so prone to same injury?
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
2 Peter 2:22
The Bible reminds us how some behaviors that may lead us to weakness and sin, have a nasty way of returning to torment us. Try as we might, we keep returning to this “vomit”. What hope is there for correcting such pathetic behavior?
If we attempt to change by our own efforts, we are doomed to repeat the folly. The same behaviors will return to lead us down the well-trodden path to the same sins. Our only hope is to turn to Jesus Christ. If we confess our sins and repent and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. And by doing so, He gives us His Holy Spirit to indwell within us and transform us into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
What a wonderful promise that the God of the Universe gives to us!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.