Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.
The dog's behavior is an instinct for its survivability, but fools choose their own foolishness. That is what makes the dog seem so intelligent in this proverb as the dog is being a dog. And yes, we still joyfully love them even when they are messy.
The fool, on the other hand, can get on our nerves because so many of the calamities in their lives are self-induced. We have all seen it, and in many cases, we saw the approaching destruction before they did. No matter how clearly we tried to explain what their folly was headed for we were often mocked as meddlers.
These fools are the first to cry foul when the same old cursed result comes back to break something in their lives over and over again. Sometimes these imbeciles even ask us why we did not warn them when we clearly did. Frustrating? Yes, and disheartening when it is family members.
Why do these repeat offenders of God's word keep falling in the same old sinful trap? Or, returning to their vomit per se. Prov. 23:35 They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink.
The first reason for falling for the same old thing is that they like the sin and titillation of it. God remarks that sin is pleasurable for a season, but He makes it clear that the wages of sin is still death. Heb. 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.
They enjoy the temporary pleasures of the sin for a season even though there is a consequence and a resulting unrighteous folly. The other reason is why would the devil change his tactics toward them if the same old thing keeps working over and over again.
Bondage is bondage and becomes set in the hearts of the foolish, then like the dog, returns to the sin their iniquity chooses. Eccl. 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
The fools think they can control the sin without affecting the laws that God set in place. They think they are smarter than gravity, so, they jump and are astonished when everything crashes. We do not control God's laws, we live by them in order to control our selfishness.
We read the story of King Nebuchadnezzar who was warned through a dramatic dream that if he did not repent of his sin and pride he would be removed from power. Daniel interpreted the vision and sets out the wisdom needed to reverse the judgment about to happen. Dan. 4:27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
The king was given twelve months to line up his heart with the instruction of God. However, pride is a ruthless master. Dan. 4:30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
God will not come down to our level of spiritual measurement as we humans have a tendency to corrupt that which is holy. Our choice to keep rejecting the word of God will have dire and ominous consequences. Dan. 4:33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
After seven years of acting worse than a dog, the king is given his mind back to make a decision, and he makes the right one. Dan. 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
Isn't that what foolishness is? Obedience to our stubborn pride. Thank God we live in the dispensation of grace and mercy that is flowing over us continually. Do we actually have to go through what the king went through to find out we are not going to win salvation in our own way?
God has the total answer to everything in life and He invites us to His heart through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me. The dog has a reason for its behavior. We need to stop acting puppy-dumb and grow up to be mature citizens in the kingdom of God.