Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 29th


Dog Lessons: How to Love God. I read this article and thought it was cute and fun, especially for those of us who are animal lovers.

Your dog can teach you to love God more. Look into their eyes. They might have something to say. Four lessons you can learn from your dog: 1. Loyalty 2. Celebration 3. Protection 4. Affection

We are all pound puppies. Scraggly, sinful, smelly and in need of rescue. God looked down at our “waggedly” tails, wet noses, and flea-filled fur. He released us from our captive cages, vaccinated us from sin, and adopted us into His family. Mutts no more. He even gave us pedigree-papers we can present at the pearly gates. We can learn a lot about loving God from our furry friends.

Loyalty. Your doggy sits at your feet, follows you everywhere you go, and sleeps at the foot of your bed. In the story of Ruth, when the chips were down and her grief-stricken mother-in-law Naomi prepared to return to her home in Israel, Moabite Ruth refused to abandon her. Ruth 1:16-17 “And Ruth said, intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.”

God deserves no less from us. Clinging close to Him is what we are designed to do. Believe in Him. Rely upon Him. Never, never leave His side.

Celebration. Our pets practically leap out of their skin when we return home. They act as if we have been gone for eons. Jubilant jumping, licking, wriggling and barking accompany their glee of our return. The father of the prodigal son ran to hug as his wayward boy limped toward home, broken and ashamed.

Luke 15:20-24 “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither and fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”

Do you rejoice in God’s presence? Are you glad to spend time with Him? Celebrate your Heavenly Father with a grateful heart.

Protection. Even a Chihuahua vigilantly guards his Master; fiercely growling and howling his tiny head off. Dogs zealously guard their owners. They patrol the yard, circling the perimeter, listening intently for the slightest unfamiliar sound. If a stranger approaches, they yap incessantly to keep the danger at bay.

Jesus was zealous to protect the name and glory of His Father. Christ drove out the moneychangers and charlatans from the Temple of the Lord.

Matthew 21:13 “And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

Do you guard God’s Name and His holiness? Or do you sit idly by and let a corrupt society continue to contaminate and defame His Name? Love Him enough to hate evil.

Affection. Our dogs love to get in our lap. Harvey, our dog, tries repeatedly to fit into our lap in the chair. They lick our hand and stroke our legs with their paw. Just like our cuddly dogs, worship is our expression of affection toward God.

Revelation 5:14 “And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”

Lick His Hand in worship today. Lie in the lap of His presence without hurrying away. Give your pup an extra pet today. Learn to love God from your furry friend.


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