11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.
Out of Nourishment
Dogs have this nasty habit of trying to eat their own vomit!
We know it is gross, but do we understand why?
- Vomit is full of stomach acid, and the esophagus is not meant to handle the acid long. It burns away the lining.
- Vomit is full of half-digested food. It has already provided its nourishment. There is no more to be had in the food.
- Vomit is pre-poop! (Something else dogs occasionally eat … see previous point!)
It is not good for a dog (or anyone) to eat vomit!
Out of Sense
The more we do a task, the more ingrained it becomes. If that task is not good for us, it gradually wears us down.
Just like a dog eating its vomit, if we continue sinning, it is like our soul is vomiting and then consuming it again. It wears us down, and our soul gets more sick.
A fool will think it is funny (and probably giggles when reading “pre-poop”!) and see no harm when a dog eats its vomit.
A fool also repeats and celebrates sin.
And in the process, the fool slowly kills his or her own soul.
Giver of Life, do not let us continue to destroy our souls and bodies. By the name of Jesus give us the wisdom to turn from our sin, the strength to follow through, and the grace to forgive ourselves and grow beyond our sin.