We have a little dog named Buddy. He is a very sweet Terrier Chihuahua mix. We just recently went to the East Coast for Christmas and left Buddy behind with Grandma. He missed us very much wandering around the house the first two days we were gone. Needless to say he was very happy to see us when we walked in the door last night.
Buddy like almost all pets requires us to take care of them. There are no rabbits or small animals in the backyard for Buddy to attack and consume for food. There is no natural spring of water back there either. Without us, he would thirst and starve. He has a roof over his head with a constant 73 degree environment and a nice sofa to sleep on. Buddy is spoiled compared to some dogs who find themselves wandering the streets or hold up in the pound. Check out this recent story of two dogs, one frozen solid on his porch.
Buddy should be very grateful. Unfortunately, he can only express his gratitude with his tail. But that’s OK. We know he is limited in how he can display his love for us. Buddy leans on us to provide his food and water. He leans on us to shelter him and insure he is warm and dry. He does not labor for his dinner or fill our ears with flattering words for something in return. He does nothing to show us he loves us. He just exists and wags his tail. We love him and it is this love for him that propels us to insure he is well taken care of.
We humans are like Buddy. We live in a hostile world that just seems to want to destroy us. We attempt to provide for ourselves and others in this dog eat dog society and try to eke out a living. Some of us end up in the pound or unwanted on the street. Many are unhappy and alone longing for the days of their youth when Mom & Dad gave them a safe place to live.
There is hope. Like us, God loves us and cares for us and our wellbeing. He insures we have food to eat, clothes on our back and shelter to stay warm and dry. He knows what we need like I know what Buddy needs. He does not expect us to love Him but does ask we seek Him out and build a relationship with Him.
God mentions in His Holy Word more than once how valuable we are and that He will take care of us.
In Matthew 6, Jesus said:
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
He continues in verse 28:
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
In Isaiah 46, God speaks through the prophet declaring:
Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Do not worry. Be like little Buddy and wag your tail and smile that God loves you. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.
Buddy and I wish you a blessed and prosperous 2018.
And that is the Whole Truth. God Bless