Throw Up Your Arms
“Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)
Out of a dead sleep, I woke myself and was on my feet in seconds. Blankets went flying and I flicked on the lights without apology. I could hear our little terrier in a corner of the room, throwing up whatever it was she had eaten out of the garbage hours earlier.
Because I knew.
I knew the only sound more disturbing than a dog vomiting in the dark was the sound of her lapping it up afterwards.
Okay, so yes, this is a rather disturbing topic and I do hope you’re not reading as you eat your breakfast but there is a point to this. I mean, God did include the verse in his book of Proverbs so there must be some wisdom to be had. Right? I’d say so.
How many of us have been caught in a cycle of sin? How many times does the good Lord have to yank on our heart, pulling us away from the pile of garbage we’ve produced as if to say, ‘No! Step away from that junk! It’s nasty!’
But we like our nasties.
We crave our idols.
We nurture our addictions.
And we return again and again.
Here Peter is taking it just one step further. Now we are being compared not only to dogs eating their own vomit, but pigs desiring to be filthy.
There is a better way. He wants a better life for us. But it starts with our hearts. We need to desire change. We need to hate the nasties.
Ask the Lord to reveal to you the vomit he wants to pull you away from. Throw up your arms in sweet surrender. Tell a trustworthy friend or Christian counselor the dark addiction that keeps attracting you back again and again. There is freedom. There is deliverance. There is hope.
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