“The backslider gets bored with himself…” (Proverbs 14:14 TLB)
He gets bored with his self because he gets bored with his sin. The common fact in all backsliders is that once he gets what he wants he no longer wants what he got. When the prodigal son finally arrived at the pigpen of the far country he didn’t like the menu. Husks; boring! While he had money, and was buying rounds for his drinking buddies, the air was charged with excitement! But booze and smoke fouled barroom air stales and the next morning the place reeks. The morning after is blah. It’s called the crash. Reality sets in. Rolling from bed in the morning becomes existence rather than life. The prodigal was far better off back at Dad’s house, there’s no place like home. The world offers a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. Read the Book of Psalms; it shows David shouting one day, pouting the next. But after the coaster’s free-fall there is a leveling out that, after third or fourth time, can be described as boring.
The backslider gets bored with himself because he eventually discovers what the world offers is only temporary. “The world passes away, and the lust thereof…” (1 John 2:17) It’s all doomed stock. To compensate he buys THINGS. More and more…and then some. Surrounded by things he seeks to build a wall of security. His money buys a fine mattress but no sleep. He buys gourmet food but for some reason it doesn’t satisfy spiritual hunger. The movers bring in a new leather couch but there is no enjoyment because it is the same shape as a coffin. Things, lots of things, boring!
And then there are THRILLS – once again, boring! Oh, maybe not boring during takeoff. A bungee jump has its suspense (while in suspension) but all good things must come to an end (in about twenty seconds), which figures about a dollar a second for the jump. Cocaine is probably a cheaper high, per second. Of course, the pleasure-seeker ends in worse shape than when he began. A few weeks into addiction and the old stuff is boring. Sex promises a lot too but that joyride is also over in a flash. The after effects however remain for a lifetime. The pleasure of sin is for a “season” (Hebrews 11:25) but the penalties of sin are forever. The heart is affected, the conscience is afflicted, the mind is inflicted and the body is infected. And even if the above symptoms are not experienced the thrill-seeker still is left with that dead-end feeling that something is still missing.
One more, THEORIES, oh so boring! “Of making many books there is no end” (Ecclesiastes 12:12). Is there anything more boring than reading lifeless lines from over-educated and under-anointed theorists? Paul claimed that the world’s deep thinkers and philosophers who peer into the how and why of everything physical and metaphysical, are, “ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). Newsflash, a leather office chair is not the Great White Throne. From the beginning the Serpent has suggested that man could be “like God”, but if these guys would tell the truth they would cede that being “like God” is also boring. When you “know everything” it’s near impossible to enjoy anything. Theories, boring!
That’s why Jesus said we must become as little children to enter the Kingdom (Matthew 18:2). For a first-grader a walk through a zoo is an experience, an event, an adventure, but for most people in their forties the outing is (you guessed) boring. Giraffe, elephant, orangutan – been there, done that.
If our text is right when it says the “backslider gets bored with himself”, and you are bored all the time, what could we deduce? Hmm, a backslider? Perhaps the worst insult a man could make toward Heaven is to say, “I’m bored”. I beg your pardon? A trillion stars, a Bible, a God of miracles, a world to reach for Christ, a creative mind and a spouse to love, or neighbor, and you’re bored? Bored then is backslid and the only way to un-backslide a backslider is to slide him or her back home to God. Turn around. Get some twinkle back in the irises. Get excited again over the little things. Fall in love again with Jesus, with His creation and His people. There is no way a person can be bored in Christ because every new day is a born-again experience.
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