I love this quote.
As I was researching material for my book, I found myself turning to my Bible to see how dogs were portrayed in scripture. In the book of Genesis all of creation was declared “good” by God. Then, after the flood of Noah’s day dogs fell victim to their own bad and unacceptable behavior. Because of this dogs assumed a deplorable identity in scripture.
But yet dogs of today are highly valued, loved and esteemed. What has caused this change? It is my view that mankind’s relationship with dogs had a “redeeming” effect on them. Today, our beloved pets are committed to the way of love.
When I see how dogs have responded to man’s love and affection, and consider my use of the word “redeemed,” I find myself reflecting on my own redemption and how I have responded to God’s love and affection. Am I committed to the way of love? Is my relationship with God such that I find it difficult to live without Him?
This week’s quote affirms a dog’s willingness and capability to address one of our most basic needs–companionship. Canine companionship, however, has one major limitation, it doesn’t last forever. A dog’s presence in our life, however, does point to an everlasting companion.
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NLT