2003-02-15 - My Dog the Christian
While Adam is away we trust that God will bless you with this devotional from retired writer Derek.
I will explain all the aspects of my dog's character that reflect what I think the perfect Christian should be.
The first part of my dog's character that resembles a Christian is her fear of her owner. (That's me.) The Bible tells us that we are to fear God, because if you think about it, He has the power to strike anyone of us dead at any moment. He has the power to walk on water and to calm storms. He has power and authority over everything, He can move mountians and raise the dead. Now I admit that I have never done any of those things, but to my dog, I am like God. I protect her, I provide for her, and I feed her and keep her alive. In her eyes, I am God. She could not survive without me.
In Deuteronomy 6:13, it says, "Fear the Lord your God; serve him only, and take your oaths in his name." My dog has come to know that I am the only person who cares for her and provides for her. This is not that no one else could or does; it's just that she has never had anyone else do it for her. If I and a whole bunch of people were calling her to them, she would probably come to me, because she only serves me. This is how we should be with the Lord. We can't get side-tracked by anything around us; we have to go straight to God.
Every once in a while, my dog will rip through the trash - I assume because there is something she wants in there. Even though it may be hard digging through the trash, she wants it so bad that she is willing to dig. However, when I get home, I see what she has done, she knows what she has done is wrong, and she will hide from me. She fears me more than she usually does, because she knows she has done something bad. Likewise, when we sin, it saddens God. [If we repent] He gives us grace and forgives us.
In Psalms 111:10, it says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his percepts have good understanding." That's pretty simple. If we fear the Lord, we will gain wisdom. My dog knows that digging in the trash is wrong, because long ago she did it, and I yelled at her. She learned that because yelling is bad, and digging in the trash is bad. She fears me, and because she fears me, she has learned what is right and what is wrong.
However, in times of trouble, she always comes to me and sits at my side. She knows that I will protect her, and when she is with me, there is no need to fear things of this world. We all know the famous verse in Psalm 23, "Even though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me." God is with us, and He will protect us in every situation.
Are you like my dog? Or do you need to get a little closer to your K-9 friends?
The Word of God, for the Children of God, "Thanks be to God."
Retired CF Devotionals Author