Dog Vomit

David Gaunt

"As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.”  Proverbs 26:11

I know we probably could have gone without ever covering this part of the Bible in the Daily Walk, but I just saw this illustration lived out.  I was taking my dogs to PetSmart last week.  My 3 year-old Golden Retriever “J.D.” and my son’s 5 month old Weimaraner “Jack” were riding in the back seat.  The 45 pound puppy threw up the dog food he had eaten from his bowl that morning, also some food he had apparently stolen from the adult dog’s bowl, and part of a rawhide bone.

As I was trying to keep my eyes on the road, and thanking the Lord that I covered the seat with an old sheet, Jack decided to reclaim the food he had just vomited.  When I looked back to see only the portion of rawhide bone, I remembered this proverb.  God was once again proven right.

I was reminded that not only do dogs sometimes eat their vomit, fools repeat their foolish behavior.  Both truths are gross.  Both types of behavior don’t seem very smart.  But intelligence or reason are not the issues here.

When it comes to reoccurring sin, which most of us have experienced, we play the fool.  To go back and repeat sin that made us spiritually sick, caused damage to our relationship with God and others, is like what Jack did the other day in the back seat of my car.  But I don’t think God expects as much from Jack as He does from you and me.

According to 1 Corinthians 10:13, we don’t have to sin (“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”).  We are not destined to repeat our folly.  Jesus came to deliver us from a disgusting existence.

When you are tempted to return to a cycle of sin, look at it for what it is.  Visualize what even the nicest of dogs do and be convinced God has lifted you far above that.  Then get away from the temptation, or phone a friend.  If I had stopped the car immediately and gotten Jack out of the back seat and focused on something else, he probably wouldn’t have given into his disgusting instincts.

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