Years ago my daughter left her little dog with us to keep for a short time. Usually the little dog was standing at the door ready to go but sometimes she didn't want get out of her bed or even pay attention to me.

Years ago my daughter left her little dog with us to keep for a short time. Usually the little dog was standing at the door ready to go but sometimes she didn’t want get out of her bed or even pay attention to me. I could call her and she wouldn’t respond. It might have been just for that morning or for the day or it even lasted for several days. We took her to the nearby veterinarian and he couldn’t detect anything.

Thinking about the response of that little dog reminds me of a problem Christians may face in life. No matter how hard we try sometimes we just don’t or won’t respond to God, (Deuteronomy 11:13-17, Jeremiah 17:9). It doesn’t happen very often but you sure upsets things when it does.

Sometimes there is no reasonable explanation as to why we don’t or won’t. During those times I cry out to God to help me to not slip away or let my heart grow cold and that problem or attitude, (Proverbs 20:9) or whatever it is, will not become a permanent way of life, (Hebrews 3:8). I also ask Him to forgive me when I feel that way and to help me do better, (Acts 8:22). And usually just like the little dog in a day or so I am waiting at the door ready to go for and with God, (Psalm 51:10-12). See you in church next Sunday. Brother J