Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Barking Dogs

If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, "Curse David," who then shall say, "Why have you done so?" -2 Samuel 16:10b

I think I have learned a lesson today. A young dog has taught this old dog a new trick, you might say.

As I began my walk this morning, a dog began to bark aggressively. And though he was confined in the neighbor's back yard, I took offense.

Actually, I must admit, to my shame, that I began to formulate a prayer for the smiting of this poor dumb creature.

And God (in his mercy), instead of smiting me, instead reminded me that in His creation nothing happens unless He wills it.

The story of David and Shimei occurred to me as did the question, "If God has told the dog, 'Bark at RB,' how can I say, "Why are you barking?' "

Cause enough to repent (of pride for one thing), but what of our fellow human beings? What of those whose whining, complaining or general negativity wear on our nerves so badly?

I don't believe I have ever called upon God to strike down upon them with His furious vengeance, and then they will know that He is the LORD!

Well ,maybe certain politicians (a couple of imprecatory Psalms and Acts 1:20), but I have since repented of these attitudes.

Back to the question. What to do with such people?

This is Spurgeon's take on the subject: https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/The-Blind-Eye-and-the-Deaf-Ear.pdf

I believe David offers the best response for the Christian. And that is to remember that God has ordained that this dog bark.

Which leads the ultimate question, the one that must be at the heart of all our seeking: "How is God glorified in this?"

Then I may ask, "What good does He intend for me in this?"

Sound advice. I'll try hard to take it.