The dashboard on my car was flashing a familiar warning signal.
FRONT TIRE LOW PRESSURE!
Are you kidding me? Again? I was already running late that morning and I grumbled under my breath as I found my air compressor pump in my trunk. I experienced this ordeal so many times before that I purchased this pump to immunize myself against future calamities. Within a few minutes, the tire was sufficiently inflated to allow me time to take my car to my usual tire repair shop, across the street from my office.
I took precautions since this misfortune had happened before, but do I take the same precautions in my spiritual walk with God? Do I prophylactically plan ahead for mishaps or do I agonizingly repeat the same mistakes? How often do I fall victim to my pride and lash out at others to justify my ego?
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.
Proverbs 26:11 (ESV)
The Apostle Peter quotes this proverb in his second letter and it is wisdom that bears repeating.
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 (ESV)
If I have known the love of Jesus Christ and experienced His sweet fellowship, why would I ever desire to return to the life that I led before? The answer is painfully simple. I am a sinner, saved only by the grace and mercy of God. God saved me through faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Although my salvation is eternal and imperishable, I still exist with two natures. God, the Holy Spirit, indwells within me, transforming and conforming me into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Yet, my earthly self, clinging to the desires of the world, still exists within me. It is a continual spiritual battle, one that reminds me that I have to surrender all to the will of Jesus Christ and not my carnal desires. I need to stop returning to my own vomit, wallowing in the filth of my former life. Like preparing for the simple problems of life, I need to arm myself with the power of the Holy Spirit to prepare for the struggles between my old self and the sanctified life that Jesus Christ give me.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.