I blogged a while ago about the Hound of Heaven, pursuing us in love. It's funny, but a reference in today's message from the platform had got me thinking again along similar lines. This was another dog reference. Strange: I'm not particularly a dog lover - why do these dog phrases kind of leap out at me?
The phrase was mentioned during the message that, given half a chance, the devil would be there "...following you around like a mangy dog." Hmmm...
The term "mangy dog" conjures up an image of something dirty, unkempt, 'moth-eaten'. Not at all pretty. But it latches onto you, it won't go away... it'll follow you home. It'll be there waiting for you in the morning. It's hard to shake off.
It's doggedly persistent, but not nice to look at. You can't seem to get rid of it. You may well run away from it, but it's cunning and it catches up with you. You're worried what people will say when they realise it belongs to you. You feel ashamed; you'd rather lie and cheat rather that admit that's your problem.
James 4:7 (NIV)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.