Lesson's From Otis

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Most people have heard about the amazing dog, Otis, who stole some news spotlight during the hurricane, Harvey, that struck Texas so badly this past week.  This beautiful six year old dog, who looks to have some German Shepherd in him, got spooked on the back porch of his home and took off.    He was smart enough to go to the local lumbar store, where he knew they had his dog food, and pick up a bag.  He was spotted walking around the hurricane damaged town carrying the entire bag in his mouth!         

Here's the link to the story: 

Even in the midst of such a huge storm with catastrophic devastation, we can get a chuckle of amazement out of how smart Otis actually was.    But I believe that God is trying to show us something very important through this story that went viral.   

It seems that Otis knew something very important - he knew that in order to LIVE he needed food and he was going to keep it with him in the midst of tragedy.    

In Matthew, chapter 4, we see Jesus going through temptation.  He was being led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  For forty days and forty nights he fasted and he had become very hungry.  During that time the devil came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread."  But Jesus replied to him, "No!  The Scriptures say, ' People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" 

The Word of God is so important to us that it sustains us, heals us, guides us, and protects us.    We need it more than we need physical food, but we often forget this. We wouldn't think of going a day without eating - but we think nothing of going days on end without feeding ourselves from the Word of God.    2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work."    

Lets take Otis' advice and realize that what we put into our bodies will indeed sustain us.  We have choices to make each day as to whether we put good and wholesome things in our lives or garbage.   Some of us try so hard to eat healthy and exercise to take care of our physical man, but what do we do for our spiritual man?     

God has this to say to us: 

My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. Take hold of MY INSTRUCTIONS; don’t let them (my instructions) go. Guard them, for they are the KEY TO LIFE. Proverbs 4: 10-13

Like Otis, when times become hard (or even when things are sailing smoothly) we need nourishment and our best and most important life sustaining food comes from the Word of God.  Make it a priority in your life now... so that when you need it - you will be spiritually strong.