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So a Fool Repeats His Foolishness…

by | Apr 22, 2022 | Deliverance, Trust, Warfare, Worry

A few weeks before this was written, my grandpuppy, Charlie, had a stubborn parasitic infection that wouldn’t go away. We were all concerned since young pups dehydrate so quickly, and the subject of texts from our son and daughter-in-law were often in regards to his intestinal well-being.

At one point, our son told us that Charlie had lost his supper, that that he had then gone right back and eaten it. Okay. A bit graphic, don’t you think? Maybe too much information? Yet, having had dogs most of my life, I know that this is very normal behaviour for a dog, and besides, even the Bible refers to this behaviour in dogs: “As a dog returns to its vomit..” (Prov. 26:11a NLT). I’ll admit I couldn’t remember the rest of the text, and I didn’t bother looking it up. In fact, I put the entire incident out of my mind, for with the proper puppy medication, the texts with our kids once again took on more normal topics of conversation.

Imagine my surprise, however, when the verse was once again brought to my mind this morning…

Facing major surgery at the end of the week, along with difficulties accepting the potential outcomes of the surgery, I had been struggling with depression. As I sat down to have my worship that morning, I could hear God calling me to give it all to Him. Easier said then done, especially when you don’t really fully appreciate just what is causing the depression to creep in. God, in His goodness, soon revealed to me that I was fearing the potential outcomes of the surgery. In addition, I was worried about all that needed to be accomplished before surgery day; AND I was concerned about the actual anaesthesia process. God reminded me then of the train ride He had brought me on when I dealt with breast cancer in 2012. He reminded me that all I needed to do was to give all my “luggage” (all my worries) to Him, and then sit back and enjoy the ride. He reminded me of the many blessings that He orchestrated for me throughout that process, and then He reminded me that He hadn’t changed!

I understood. I gave the whole surgery business to Him and accepted His peace instead.

When I opened my Bible a few minutes later, to the place in Proverbs where I had left off reading the day before, this verse jumped out at me: “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.” (Proverbs 26:11 NLT). I smiled at the memory of my son’s latest good health report for Charlie and whispered a “thank You” to God for healing the puppy. I then prepared to move on to the next verse. After all, the puppy wasn’t sick anymore, and why would God be talking to me about being foolish? When had I ever returned to my foolishness?

You can imagine what God had to say to me after that last thought went through my mind… When had I ever returned to my foolishness? Why had I NOT returned to my foolishness would have been more like it!

It caught my attention, and I knew God had something more to say to me about this verse. “What is it, Lord?” I whispered. And then I knew: When I let the worry creep in that morning about my upcoming surgery, I was, in effect, like a fool who repeats his foolishness! Didn’t I know better than to worry? Hadn’t God and I already walked this road many times in the past? Hadn’t I learned through Breast Cancer that I didn’t need to worry about the “what ifs” and the “but thens”? Hadn’t God been teaching me through the months and years about the futility of worrying about something that hadn’t yet happened and might not even happen? Yes, I was being that “fool” in Proverbs 26 who was “repeating his foolishness”! I was no better than my grandpuppy…

I repented then and there, and I asked God to remind me of this verse the next time the depression came knocking. Unfortunately, I must have then forgotten about the whole incident, because an hour later, guess what was knocking at the door of my spirit? Yup, you guess it! Depression! And anyone care to guess what it was rooted in? Yup! Worry about that surgery! This time, however, God immediately placed Proverbs 26:11 on my heart: “As a dog returns to its vomit…” Images of little Charlie licking the floor immediately flooded my mind. No! I wasn’t going to be that fool who repeated his or her foolishness! Not this time! And by the power of the Lord and the merits of His blood that I immediately claimed, the depression had to flee! I then gave, once again, all the aspects about the surgery to Him. I put it all on His train, and then I transferred myself to the most comfortable seat in God’s First Class wagon and settled in for the ride.

Anyone surprised to realize that I’ve had joy in my heart ever since? That when surgery day came, everything went well? I wasn’t even tired afterwards and my stomach wasn’t even upset?

What is your “pet” worry, the one you keep returning to? Is it worry over finances, even though God has always gotten you through? Is it worry about upcoming health procedures, even though you’ve experienced God’s provision through health issues before? Is it worry about relationships, even though God is the master relationship builder? Is it something — anything — else? Whatever it is, don’t be like Charlie. Don’t be that fool who repeats his foolishness. Give it to the Lord, then make yourself comfortable for the ride of your life!

In His love,

Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two adult boys, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, The Illustrator, a four-times-a-week internet newsletter, and the Sermon Illustrator website, all with Answers2Prayer Ministries.