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Clear Words

The Bible Reading Club: Clear Words – Vomit (Proverbs 26:11)

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 26-30

Today’s Reflection: Proverbs 26:11

Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.

When you make a mistake or do something outside of God’s will, you’ll know.  God will make sure of it.  Because He is merciful so we may not experience the full effects of our actions right away, but there is always some consequence or some sign to tell us when we’ve gone wrong, something to tell us we’ve gone astray.

When we recognize we’ve made a mistake we’re supposed to learn from it and repent.  The word repent in New Testament scriptures comes from the Greek word ‘metanoia’, which means a change of mind, or in military terms means an ‘about-face’, a 180 degree turn away from what we’ve been doing leaving us headed in the opposite direction.  But too often we do not repent, at least not right away.  We make excuses.  We linger around our treasured sins.  We say ‘one last time’, not knowing if that last time may well be our very last chance.

Proverbs 26:11, with its reference to eating vomit, is disgusting and that is intentional.  It’s meant to show us how God sees sins.  Sin is disgusting to Him, and He made us for better things than sin.  He made us for better than clinging something that we know will destroy us.  He made us for the promises and blessings of eternity, not for the temporary pleasures of sin.

The only mistake that is truly foolish is one we know better than to make in the first place.  Don’t let sin become a fatally foolish mistake for you.

Hebrews 11:24-26 – 24) By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25) choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26) He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

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