Loyal in Love
“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.” Job 13:15 (tniv)
We got our dog from the local animal shelter, and she had been an outdoor dog her entire life. We wanted to train her to live inside our home, so we began crate training. Every night and every time we left the house, we would try to entice her to go into her kennel, a crate large enough for her to stand up and turn around in, but small enough that she wouldn’t go to the bathroom in it since dogs don’t do that close to where they sleep.
The first time, she went into the kennel blithely, but after we shut the door on her and she realized she couldn’t get out, she was very unhappy. The next time we tried to get her into her kennel, she resisted and it became a war of wills. No treats would induce her to enter that kennel. At the advice of our dog trainer, we forced her into her kennel that time and every other time for several months.
She thought we were torturing her. And, of course, we couldn’t explain why it was good for her. But she still “forgave” us each time we let her out. She trusted in our love for her to let her out of that kennel and not leave her there, and she was loyal in her love for us.
Although Job wasn’t a dog, he was just as loyal to God despite not understanding God’s reasons for his suffering. He had to trust in God’s love for him, the same way our dog trusts in our love for her. Jesus asks us to do the same thing—to trust in His love for us and to remain in that love.
FAITH STEP: Are you going through a difficult time right now? It’s hard to be like Job and continually hope in the Lord, but take some time to pray and ask Jesus for help. He wants us to have that kind of loyalty to Him.
Written by Camy Tang
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