MOLLY AND ME – SUSPICION

Strange, isn’t it, that my little dog who loves me and who, seemingly. can’t get enough of me, should be suspicious of me, and yet she is.

I see it in her eyes when, at times she wants to sit on my lap but, when I bend down to pick her up, she moves away and won’t come near enough for me to reach her.

“Molly, what have I done to make you suspicious of me?” my heart cries out. Of  course, she’s a dog, not a human, and does not understand when I stop her from doing something that would harm her. I put on her harness when we go walking because I dare not let her run free in the street; I pull her away from old chicken bones or decaying food that she sniffs out and would love to chew because I know they will harm her.

Molly does not understand that I always have her health and well-being in mind when I put boundaries around her. If I were to let her have her own way all the time, she would surely destroy herself before sundown! Restrictions and discipline are not the evidence of enmity but of my fierce and protective love for her.

Are we no so like Molly in many ways?

God chose Jeremiah before he was born to be His prophet to the nations. However, this great privilege came with a price. God warned him that his message would stir up hatred against him. His own people would not understand God’s intentions towards them. They would hound him and persecute him despite his love for his people. Instead of gratitude for God’s warnings and response to His love, they would try to silence the voice that brought the message.

Jeremiah is known as “the weeping prophet” because his people, led by the rebellious and wicked kings of Judah, refused to hear him and did all they could to destroy him. Eventually, Jeremiah turned on God, bewailing the fate that God warned him would happen, In response to his bitter complaint, God said, “Jeremiah, why are you suspicious of me? Take back your words and I will be with you and protect you, just as I promised.”

Likewise, Jesus warned His disciples (and us) that trouble and hardships in this life are inevitable but we complain when trouble comes and turn on God for abandoning us. forgetting that Solomon said, in the book of Proverbs, that God uses these circumstances to discipline us because of His love. He cannot allow us to run amok – we will surely destroy ourselves just as Molly would without restraint.

How kind and gracious of the Father to allow trials and hardships to come our way. Without them, we would forget Him and our need for Him. Jesus must keep us on a leash to remind us that, without Him we can do nothing.

Throw off your suspicion when you don’t understand why you are suffering, Trust in the everlasting love of God because He would never do or allow anything that will harm you. When you cannot see His hand, trust His heart. Run to Him, not from Him because He assures you and me.

“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can people do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5b-6).    

Luella Campbell


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