I have two dogs, Daisy and Winnie. Daisy is a golden mix between a Shih Tzu, Corgi, and Lhasa Apso. Winnie the poodle (pun intended), on the other hand, is a chocolate toy Poodle.
After my family got used to having two dogs in the house, it became evident that they had such different personalities from one another. What was particularly clear was how differently they reacted to treats.
We noticed that Daisy would only respond to someone’s orders when they had a treat with them. Winnie, on the other hand, would seek your attention even without bribery.
Soon, I realized how much my perception of them changed. I tended to grow more annoyed at Daisy, because she would only obey me through bribery. The opposite was true for Winnie—I grew more and more appreciative of him, and surprise him with treats just for no reason at all.
Daisy or Winnie?
Then one day, as I was playing with them, something suddenly dawned on me. Could the way these dogs approach me, reflect the reason why I approach God?
Do I approach Him because I need something from Him, or do I approach him as if He is everything I’ll ever need? Do I only run to him when I am left with nothing? Or do I run to Him because He is everything?
Dog & God
I get angry and impatient when my dogs don’t do what I want them to do. Thankfully, God is not the same way with us. Psalm 103 says that:
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not
always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
I hope that we may not be fooled into thinking that God will just keep on pretending like He doesn’t notice whenever we use him to get certain things. There is such a thing as the wrath of God that is described in other verses in the Bible.
God wants to bless us, that’s for sure. But to just focus on what we can get from him makes us miss out on the point of who He is—the ultimate blessing that won us victory over death. And in light of eternity, everything else is just bonus.