By Keith Boutte
I was just praying and seeking God for more of Him in me and kept hearing “dog” is God spelled backwards. I rebuked the thought many times before realizing it may be Holy Spirit speaking to me.
I thought how faithful a good dog is to his master. A good dog is willing to learn anything his master wants to teach him. A good dog finds joy in pleasing his master and quickly understands obedience is what his master desires. Good dogs love time with their master and are eager to learn His ways. A good dog will give his life to protect his master and what his master loves.
Then I thought of how good people can be bad dogs. Yes, people who are wonderful servants can believe their good works can or should get them to heaven, that God should recognize what they have done as good. But like a dog who fetches the ball then runs and hides it, they are not completely obeying their master. They allow their thought of what good to direct their actions, they have it backwards.
I get offended when I don’t like the outcome of what I was trying to accomplish. I saw a direction, a path of what seemed pleasing to me but found it was not pleasing. I thought it would please God because it seemed good to me but saw no fruit from my efforts. This is when I’m more like a bad dog and not reflecting God and His will, I have it backwards. I’m more of what Paul points out in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NET)“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I give over my body in order to boast, but do not have love, I receive no benefit.”
God calls us His children because He loves us with His pure unconditional love. We must then honor God and His Word. Some know of God but don’t have a personal relationship with Him. There’s a difference between knowing someone or knowing ofsomeone and also knowing human love and knowing God’s Love. “The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”1 John 4:8.
Everyone has good days and bad days but how we react to these days directs our future. To know God, we must surrender who we believe ourselves to be, we must base our lives on Luke 22:42 (NET) “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done.“The life given to us must be returned for God’s use.
How do you see the following passage? John 14:13 (NLT) “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” A good dog will say not my will be done but your will for me be done. What if I want to lead a mission trip or I work at a shelter? What if I want to solve the world’s hunger issues? There is nothing wrong with doing good or great things for God, but if I do what I want to do, though they are good, am I serving God? Look at Hebrews 13:20-21 (NET) “Now may the God of peace who by the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus, equip you with every good thing to do his will,working in us what is pleasing before him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
We have to read God’s Word to know God’s will for us, we have to pray God’s will be done in and through us and listen to Holy Spirit to guide us in God’s way. To be a servant of the Most High God we must continually pray “Your Will Be Done through me, God.”
God spelled backwards is dog, we’re not dogs we are His children. When we are led by the Spirit of God, we seek to please our God. Not my will but your will be done, Lord.