“The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.”
Have you ever gone on a diet? I have, many times, but there is always that moment when I’m three or four days into eating healthy where I think “Well, I’ve been so good that it won’t hurt if I eat a tiny cookie.” Sure enough, the cookie turns into 2 cookies and 2 cookies turns into, “I’ll start my diet again next week”. This is exactly how backsliding works. The Webster’s dictionary definition of “backsliding” means to revert to a worse condition. We have all done this at some point in our lives in different ways, reverting back to old habits. The saying goes old habits die hard and that is absolutely true.
Before we became a Christian, we were set in our own ways, doing what was satisfying to us. We lived in a self-evolving world, but when we accepted Christ into our lives everything changed. No longer were we living for ourselves, but for Jesus Christ. It doesn’t mean that it becomes easy not to backslide and revert back to old habits, we have to work at it, but that doesn’t mean we have to do it alone. It requires fully relying on God to get us through, if we take it into our own hands we will always fail. God wants us to trust that His ways will be satisfying enough for us. 2 Samuel 22:31 says, “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
Let God be your shield, pray and ask Him to protect your heart and mind from reverting back into old ways. Ask Him to show you His ways so that you can walk in them, ask Him to be your shield and guide. God’s ways are perfect; our heart will be satisfied in His hands.