My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

27 April 2006

Ridiculous

Why do we fall back into the same sins? How is it, once we've felt their sting, seen their ridiculousness, experienced the carnage, etc. - how is it that we are yet tempted? Are we that spiritually stupid? Sometimes, yeah.

Pro. 26:11 - Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.

Ah...the favorite verse of little boys everywhere. I clearly remember acting out this verse in junior high Bible class. I gave an inspired performance as "the dog." And yet behind the exceeding grossness of the metaphor lies the exceeding ridiculousness of repeated sin.

When it comes to sin, without God's Spirit and Word and sanctificaiton, I am clearly no better than the dog who stupidly yet happily returns to eat up that which he just ralphed. So as for me there's no way to imagine regurgitated vomit to be appetizing, God must look at my repeated sin with the same disgust and forehead slapping: "I can't believe he's gonna do it again!"

How depressing the whole thing would be if I hadn't been made something new, something un-dog-like, by the work of Christ and His Spirit. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

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How is my writing? How is your writing? Wired.com on blogging and the demise of the English language. Looks like it's time to go back to English grammar flashcards. Seriously, though, communication in an electronic format need not be sloppy. Capitalize the beginnings of sentences. Write whole sentences. Spell things correctly. 'n stuf

5 comments:

Marlene Bibby said...

We have such short-term memories. And the devil can make things look so appetizing! That is why it is so necessary to be in fellowship with God and His people. They can sharpen us and keep us on the right path. Thanks so much for your help on my journey through life. Keep up the boldness in your sermons. God is using them.

Josh said...

*ahem* "Thans be to God"? Spell things correctly indeed. :)

See you in a couple of weeks. It's about time you saw Hannah!

Jared said...

Ha! Thanks, Josh. Just keepin it real.

Tell Hannah I'm looking forward to meeting her.

Ellen Olivetti said...

I agree with everything you said about repeating sin. And yet I practice it all the time! Ah! Wretched woman that I am!!

And, how easy it is to see - and scorn - repeating sin in someone else's life without looking at my own. How we shake our heads in disgust when people repeatedly fall into a sin to which we are not particularly susceptible.

On the grammar front - this being so close to my heart - I loved the book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves." An excellent read for anyone lamenting the demise of the written word. And funny, too. 'n stuff.

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