A Stupid Dog - July 28, 2018
James Collins

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

I have a dog named Socks. He thinks his name is Stupid. He thinks his name is Stupid because I’m always saying, “You are a stupid dog.” Socks is a miniature schnauzer. He is black, but his feet are white. Therefore, he is named Socks. Also, whenever I am putting on my shoes, he loves to run in and steal my socks. Then he runs and hides my socks under the couch. We had a double reason for naming him Socks.

Socks is the goofiest dog that I have ever seen. He loves to aggravate me. He is a finicky eater. But he always wants what I’m eating. When I sit down to eat, he comes over and begs and barks to eat what I’m eating. It doesn’t matter what I am eating. If I’m eating it, he will eat it. Onions, pistachios, lettuce, naner pudding, green peas, whatever I am eating, Socks will eat. I’ve never seen a dog that would eat raw onions. But Socks will if I am eating them.

Our neighbor has the biggest German Shepherd that I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to lie and tell you that dog is as big as a horse. But he could pass for a pony. The neighbor’s dog is huge. A while back, the kids left the gate open and Socks ran out. He ran right toward that giant German Shepherd. He was barking and growling the whole way. He was acting like he was going to kill that big dog. The only way that Socks could kill that big German Shepherd would be if that German Shepherd swallowed Socks and choked on him. Socks weighs 10 pounds. That German Shepherd weighs 100 pounds.

When Socks ran out the gate after the German Shepherd, I ran out after him. I was trying to catch Socks to keep him from getting killed. But Socks beat me to that dog. The big German Shepherd growled at Socks. Instantly, Socks tucked his tail between his legs and ran behind me! He ran behind me! Then he stuck his head out from between my feet and he kept barking at that giant dog. He was behind me and he was barking and growling at that giant dog. It was almost like Socks was saying, “Bring it on, big boy! I’m behind my master. Give it your best shot. Bring it on.”

I scooped Socks up and got him back inside our fence. Then I talked to him. It is funny how we talk to dogs and we think they understand us. I told him that I was no match for a giant German Shepherd. I told him that it was fortunate that we both were not chewed to pieces. Socks looked at me like I was an idiot. Then he ran off to chase a squirrel.

The point is: There’s something out there worse than a giant German Shepherd. We have a roaring lion that’s after us. But when we are behind our Master, He is not scared of anything. When you run behind the garment of Jesus, the devil can’t touch you.

Are you living in fear? I don’t know what you are afraid of, you may be afraid of losing your job. You may be afraid of running out of money. You may be afraid of family problems. You may be afraid of death. There are a billion and one things to be afraid of in this world. You are always going to have problems in this world. But Jesus tells us that we can have peace because He has overcome the world. Take your fears, your burdens, and your problems and put them in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ. Let Jesus be your strength. What have you got to be afraid of?

James Collins is the Pastor of Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church and servant of Jesus Christ.

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