Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.”
The analogy to this verse in Proverbs is disgusting and that is the point that the writer was trying to convey. This imagery is not desirable and neither is returning to the same sin over and over again. This is why the warning is present and the warning is graphic.
Dogs are disgusting animals. They will clean themselves in the most disgusting of ways. They will sniff each other’s private areas. They will eat their own or other dog’s throw up. This is the nature of a dog. A fool also does “disgusting” things. They continually sin over and over again intentionally without repentance. In a way, we are all foolish if we choose to live without God and the gift that he offers us. That gift is His Son, Jesus.
From the past, I can recall several times that I have repeated sins. Thinking that I could get away with it, I would attempt to try to “pull the wool” over on God. My sins, of course, were found out and I was punished for them by God. I, then, came to God for repentance for that sin and other sins. I am human. I make mistakes. I am not going to sit here and say that I am perfect. I am not. Not in the least.
Sin is sin, no matter the sin and no matter how many times it is committed. That fact is that once a sin is committed, it needs to be brought to God and we are to ask for forgiveness. With repentance is the expectation that we will not commit that sin again. Repentance is to turn completely away from the sin and come completely back to God. Does forgiveness and repentance last forever? Certainly not! This is why we must continually ask God to forgive us our sins.
A fool will not ask for repentance because they do not see the need. We need to be careful when using the word “fool.” This word is reserved for those who deny God or continue to operate as if God is not real. The fact is that only God can judge whether someone is being foolish or not. No man can or should judge another man for their sins. Sins are a matter that should be dealt with between the offender and God.
In all things, we are to love. If someone does not believe in God, we as Christ followers are to love that person and lead them to the truth. In the end, everyone must come to God on their own. In my personal experience, people do not react well to being “dragged to God.” Like a horse being dragged into a barn, people who are not ready will resist and fight to stay where they are. God has a plan for everyone. It may take time for a person to realize how much they need God.
Sin is bad. This much is true. Avoid sin if at all possible. We cannot be sinless. With Jesus, we can be free of sin in the sight of God. Jesus died to take our sins far from us. This is not, however, a free pass to sin as much as we want because of what Jesus did. God still wants the effort to avoid sin and sinful behavior as an example of God. As imitators of Christ, we should avoid sin. We should operate as Christ operated. This is the goal. This is how God wants us to be. Avoid foolish behavior and seek God and God-like behavior. He has shown us the way. We just need to follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) who is Jesus, the Son of God.
Thank You for sending Jesus to save us from our sins. We are a sinful people. We commit sin after sin and after sinning, we feel awful for doing it. Thank You that we are able to be cleansed of our sins and remove the disgusting feeling that sins leaves on us. Because of Your Son, we can say that we are sinless. We are perfect in Christ. That is the only way. We know that only You can save us. Please help to avoid sin and its evil. We give it all to You.
In Your name we pray,