The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.
Isaiah 57:15-18 We seldom hear the term “backsliding” now, but it’s still in the Bible. Jeremiah 3:22 says, “Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backsliding.” Hosea 11:7 says, “My people are bent on backsliding from Me.”
The word “backslider” is a visual term that describes someone who, having made progress in his or her Christian life, slides back into old patterns. It’s like a man climbing a hill who takes a step forward but slides two steps backward. Is that you? We’re all prone to backsliding. Dr. Harry Ironside said, “Any Christian who is not at the present time enjoying Christ as much as he did in a past day, or living for God as devotedly as he once did, is just to that extent a backslider.”
But how great God’s mercy! He says of the backslider, “I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him” (Isaiah 57:17-18). If you’re sliding backward into some bad habits, change direction. Now is the time to make forward progress in your Christian life!
A stranded ship, an eagle with a broken wing, a garden covered with weeds, a harp without strings, a church in ruins—all these are sad sights, but a backslider is a sadder sight still.
J. C. Ryle