I’m not a cat person. They always seem so arrogant, stuck up, and even crafty at times. It’s probably no coincidence that they are paired with witches as companions. Dogs, on the other hand, are always eager to please, loving, and approachable. It’s difficult to stay angry or grumpy when a dog’s natural faithfulness is on display, licking your hand or snuggling against you despite any wretchedness you may have done, thought, or spoken that day.
Despite my not liking cats much, I notice that, when left unchecked, I can be prone to their natural arrogance, particularly when it relates to God, and I believe that in general, most unbelievers are quite a bit like cats as well. A cat looks at its owner and says to itself, “You feed me, you house me, you clean up after me, therefore, I must be master.” Thus, that snootiness, that entitlement that are similar in cats, the unbeliever, and the believer who tries to battle the Lord for his own way makes sense given the perspective. And, like any experienced cat owner, God won’t force his will on a person who insists that his own will be done. Like the king who dismissed his servant for offering the choicest and most expensive wine instead of bringing him the water he requested, the arrogant find pleasure in having his own way, exactly as he envisioned it, even if it’s not preferable.
Dogs are far better to resemble, for they say, “You feed me, you house me, you clean up after me, therefore you must be master” and they behave accordingly. They wait patiently for their masters, they’ll allow themselves to be re-directed, they cringe at disappointing their owners, they strive to please even when they don’t feel the warmth of their master’s love.
It’s ironic that humans should look to dogs as spiritual role models, but God often creates parallels between natural and spiritual realities. The job of the believer is to strive to make those parallels evident to the unsaved.