He Teaches Through Life

Pet Pooches and Biblical Lessons

Warning: Shameless excessive use of West Highland White Terrier dog breed because Editor loves Westie.

We can learn some simple lessons in our daily walk with God even from the simplest of activities.

I am reminded of some of the most basics Christian truths while taking care of my pet dog.

Using a Leash

Why do walk a pet dog walk on a leash especially when we first get it?
Well, first it is a trust issue. We don’t really know if the dog might run off and get into trouble, or maybe never come back. It might get knocked down on the road. But later on, when the dog begins to recognize us in some instance, we let it go on it’s on, but always keeping a look out from behind.

We can have such a trust because we know the dog now recognizes our voice.
Similarly, despite our freedo, the Holy Spirit will remind us of His word from time to time. They are like a safety rope that keep us linked to Him, continually abiding in Him so He can keep us away from danger.

Westie

The reason is not because He is obsessed in controlling us. It is because He knows if He let’s go of our leash, we may run and leave never to come back. The closer we walk with Him, the more freedom we have in Him, as we know His voice when He calls us anytime.

Psalm 119:133

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Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

2 Timothy 3:16 ►

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

Always Cleaning Up After

One thing about being a dog owner is sometimes you need to get your hands dirty in. Dogs can’t clean up after themselves, or even bath themselves. We owners have to bear with some of the animal refuse that most people will walk by. This as well as the constant brushing away of dog hair due to their shedding.

If you think dog poo is dirty, imagine how dirty sin must be in God’s sight. Yet He willingly sent His Son to cleanse us of it. Sin is sin, whether if it’s stealing from a shop or having an angry thought while driving on the road. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Yet a Temple that is imperfect and prone to sin from time to time.

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How grateful and wonderful to think that the Holy Spirit Himself, is willing to stay with us despite our imperfect spotless human bodies.
Just like how our beloved pet pooch, may sometimes be caught peeing or pooping in the house, I believe God views sin to such extent or more as for how it defiles the body.

That leads us to times of disciplining, similarly as how an owner would lock his dog outside the house until the pet is properly train and trustworthy enough to know how not to dirty the house. Similarly, sin may appear to separate a believer from God, but I believe He has never abandoned us.

Doutzen

Like an owner who still watches over a pet from inside the house, God is there for the struggling believer. Ready to train, to the point the believer is ready to go into another level of relationship with Him.

1 John 1:9

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Feeding

I sometimes cook for my dog. Smells good, but I have to let it cool down. You see a dog wouldn’t want to wait for it, and thus gets its tongue burnt badly.
Likewise, we Christians can sometimes be impatient, even when God wants to give us a good thing. When taken at a wrong time can cause pain instead of joy. We wait and trust in Him.

Dogs don’t know what is good or bad for them. They just eat it because it’s tasty.
Did you know chocolate can kill a dog? Even though it tastes good, a true dog owner would never think of giving a dog chocolate. Similarly, certain things that may seem good to us, might be actually dangerous to our spiritual health, for example, a certain job, or friendship.

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Psalm 37:7

Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

Another thing when it comes to feeding the dog and Christianity is the amount given. Some say it seems cruel to feed the less, but when you give a dog too much it doesn’t finish the food. It might be even wasteful. In fact, leftover dog food attracts all sorts of scavengers, like stray cats, birds, and even crows.

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A wise owner would feed just the right portion.
Just as God may seem not to give us in overabundance at times, and that may sometimes worry us. But think about? How do we spend even the fair amount God gives us? Is it on things that help others, fulfill our needs, or is it to indulge our selfish wants, and luxury holidays.

Proverbs 30:9

Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, 9That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.

That being said another thing that I believe resonates with the Christian journey and owning a dog is never giving up.

Spooky Doutzen

Dogs need time to be trained. We don’t disown our pets the moment it makes a mistake. Even when they have some kind of bad behavioural issues, or aren’t completely housetrained, as a good owner, I believe we won’t just abandon our pooch on the road, or sent to a shelter after just a few mistakes. It also reminds me of the mercy of God.

If we being human, can show so much love and dedication to a simple animal, what more God, who is the perfect definition of Love.
When we do mistakes, He doesn’t write us off as failures, abandoning us but continually guides and leads us.

Roll over!

1 Timothy 1:16
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But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Romans 5:20

20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more

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Christopher Quah

Chris enjoys a little writing from time to time. Be it nature, or anything around, everything can have a story behind it.

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  1. Emily Chng

    Thank you for this post. A really good reminder.

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