Daily Devotions

Pets are a gift from God

January 30, 2017

“The godly care for their animals.” 
Pr 12:10 NLT A man wrote to a hotel where he wanted to go for vacation and asked, “Could I bring my dog? He’s very well behaved.” The hotel owner replied, “I’ve been operating this hotel for thirty years and in all that time I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware, or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly, and I’ve never had one run out without paying the bill. Yes, your dog is welcome. And furthermore, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome too.” Solomon writes, “The godly care for their animals.” Ever consider godliness from that perspective? Maybe you’re thinking, “This doesn’t sound too spiritual.” Think again! “Every good gift…is from above, and cometh down from the Father” (Jas 1:17). Many a grieving heart is comforted by a pet whose love and loyalty makes their loss more bearable and helps them to go on. Did you know people with pets live longer, stay healthier, recover faster, and experience less depression? Who will ever forget the dogs on 9/11 as they searched through the carnage of the World Trade Center, howling in distress because they couldn’t rescue those who perished? And how about the skilled dogs that give sight to the blind and visually impaired? That sounds pretty spiritual, right? When God created our pets He said, “It [was] good.” Why did He say that? Because they have the virtues of mankind without its vices. So let’s recognize them as a gift from God, be grateful for them, and take good care of them!

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Amen and thank you for the wonderful devotion! Pets certainly are a blessing from the Lord! I find more humor in my Beagle dog and in our rescued mutt than on any comedy show. That Beagle with his long ears can create some hilarious situations! Just the other day, I was feeling really low, church attendance was down, the Sunday service was drab, visitors came and will probably not return, we had no musical performances, my sermon was a flop; one of those days when Murphy's law was in full effect! Then that evening, I put the dog food out (Lamb and Rice formula) I always treat them to a cup of Cheerios on top of their food to jump start their appetite. My Beagle, Bocephus, decided he needed a drink before eating. Of course, the bottom of his ears dropped into the water pan while drinking, then, as he was eating his food, I noticed a strange sight! His ears had dropped into the food pan and had cheerios stuck to the sides of his ears! Thee cheerios in a straight line on his right ear to be exact! He dearly loves cheerios! I could not help but think how angry he would have been to know his favorite snack was stuck to his right ear! We allowed him to walk around for a few minutes with them on his ear. The puppy mutt, whom we named Patsy Cline, then discovered the cheerios on Bo's ear. She kept trying to lick them off, but Bo is very protective of his ears. Of all of the growling and snarling you have heard in a lifetime, Bo protecting his ears, Patsy trying to get an extra snack! We laughed and laughed. At last I removed the cheerios from his ear and thanked the Lord for the much needed encouragement He sent me through our pets. God is truly good all of the time!

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May the almighty God bless you and your ministry. You have help in making me a better christain. I am inspired by your ministry. Just know that you have a spiritual daughter in Nigeria and remember me and my family in prayer

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My mama lived with my family for 8 years, and when she passed away suddenly I took over care of her Maltipoo dog. That has been the greatest blessing since she passed. Lillie has brought me so much comfort and helped with grief. She gave me something to focus my attention on, and it brings me joy to care for her dog that she dearly loved, it also makes me feel close to her. Pets are a gift from God and I am truly thankful for that gift.