Daily Devotion for February 27, 2017

'The Poodle Who Shamed Me'

Psalm 27:4, 8 NIV
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

My heart says of You, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Psalm 123:1-2
I lift up my eyes to You, to You whose throne is in heaven. As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God...

Story...

I was in our town's little bank last week, and in front of me was our town's vet. She had with her a very LARGE standard poodle, who quietly sat by her side. All eyes were on the beautiful, obedient poodle, and the poodle's gaze remained steadfastly on her human—the vet...

As the vet did her banking, another employee asked if she could take the poodle to get a treat. The vet agreed, and the poodle was led away. But as soon as the dog could no longer see her master, the poodle started panting! Though the dog kept looking back and trying to turn around, the happy employee just kept walking and pulling the dog away! After about 45 seconds, the dog INSISTED on heading back, and the pretty high-healed employee was dragged to the counter where the vet was concluding her business...

When the poodle made it back to the vet, she refused to look at anything else but her master. The dog adoringly looked up at the face of her owner—and it was so clear that the dog wanted nothing more than to dwell in the vet's wonderful presence...

I tell you this story not because I'm an animal lover (which I confess I am), but because the dog's reaction to being taken away from the vet made an impact on me. The dog's response reminded me how I am to “seek” to “dwell in” the presence of my Master— how I too should earnestly desire to “Seek His face!” The dog's desire to stay with its master shamed me, folks: I am all too easily led away from Him who is my wonderful Master...

Heavenly Father, forgive me and forgive us for the many times we let ourselves be EASILY led away from You. I ask that You use this story and Your Spirit to change us, to long to “dwell in” Your satisfying presence. Cause our “eyes” to increasingly “lift up...to You,” Lord. Help us increasingly INSIST on staying with You, and help us seek Your “face” at all times and in every situation! We ask this in Your Son's name, so our lives reflect Your glory...

AMEN!!!

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