"DOG SEES GOD"
Now ask the beasts to teach you, the birds of the air to tell you; Or speak to the earth to instruct you, and the fish of the sea to inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of God has done this? In his hand is the soul of every living thing, and the life breath of all mortal flesh. Does not the ear judge words as the mouth tastes food? So with old age is wisdom, and with length of days understanding.
-Job 12: 7-12
Dogs are mentioned more than a dozen times in the Bible. Saint Francis of Assisi talked to the animals and even tamed a wolf because he believed they were creatures of God, like us. God made dogs for us to have as companions and helpers, and for the immeasurable pleasure and happiness they give us. Perhaps it’s a stretch to think that dogs were also meant to teach us about God’s love. With all that dogs mean to us, is that too much to consider? With all that God created, would it be unreasonable to think that God also made dogs to teach us about his love for us? It seems to me like something God would do (P. Schomaker).
God is faithful. More faithful than the morning sun, in fact. No matter what happens, God is true to and will not – cannot - change. As far as four legged creatures go, you won’t find a more faithful friend than a dog. Cats surely don’t fit the bill, and we won’t even mention our history with snakes. It doesn’t matter if you love or abuse them, a dog will always stick by you through thick and thin – because that’s just how they’re wired. Hounds will hound you with their relentless faithfulness – just like God pursues God's children with relentless love (A. Vaughn).
Normally we have very little to offer our dogs. A warm lap, a smoky treat, and a good scratch in that perfect spot is all most dogs ask for. They couldn’t care less what your current 401k looks like, doesn’t matter to them one bit. Just so, God accepts us as we are, where we are. God knows we don’t have it all together, and will take our measly offerings of praise just the same. In fact, the one thing God requires is that WE admit our own imperfection – then we can be of some use in the world (A. Vaughn).
This is a character trait of God’s that’s gets far too little press. Every good thing stems from God's nature, and what could be better than a wagging tail and good game of fetch? Not much, not much at all. God has always had a good love of fun – the platypus is proof positive of that. God delights in us having fun with our friends and pets, too. One only wonders why God would create an animal whose only desire is to chase after the same ball time after time. But God did, and we’re all the better for it (A. Vaughn).
Having your pup come and greet you at the door when you come home from a long day is one of life’s great pleasures. In the same way, whenever we call upon the name of the Lord – God is there. God's joy gives us strength and life. We don’t have a tail to wag, but God's joy in us is always evident. Our load is lightened, and we overflow with delight in our daily tasks. And just as you can’t help but smile when a wagging tail whap flaps against your leg, when your joy overflows into the lives of those around you, they can’t help but get infected with that same joy and delight (A. Vaughn).
Anyone who’s ever had a guard dog (be it a Rottie or Jack Russell) senses that their dog would lay down their life to protect their master. Their courage inspires us to want to do the same. God was mighty courageous in placing the world in our hands. No one but God could concoct such a wild plan and succeed. God is the living, breathing definition of courage (A. Vaughn).