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Who Doesn't Love A Belly Rub?

Submission Humility Comfort

Source: “Expert reveals why dogs love belly rubs and what it actually means when they roll over” by Nia Dalton, published mirror.co.uk.com, retrieved 4/22/22

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-05-20

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:19 ; 1 Peter 5:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Almost every dog does it! At the first hint of a potential belly rub, they immediately roll over, splay their legs, and wait for the incoming pats of perfection leading to belly blissfulness.

But what is REALLY happening here? Do all dogs universally love belly rubs? Is this purely about gratification? Or is something else going on here?

Dog behaviourist and trainer, Adem Fehmi, explains that, at its core, this posture is actually not so much an invitation to affection, but rather an act of submission.

"Us humans often see this as an invitation to stroke a dog’s belly, as if the dog is 'asking' us by assuming this position.” But actually, he explains, "The behaviour of rolling over and exposing their belly often starts from submission, as this stance is a submissive position in dog body language.”

Now, that doesn’t mean most dogs don’t love a good belly rub. I mean, who doesn’t?!

Yet, what starts as an act of submission results in the reception of affection, affirmation, comfort, and consolation. Thus, the response becomes both an act of submission AND a learned response and reflexive action in anticipation of the comfort, affection, pleasure to come.

 

APPLICATION

Dogs are man’s best friends on so many levels. We can learn so much from them. We can even learn what our relationship with our Heavenly Father should look like.

God’s desire is to reach down and touch us, to love on us, to affirm us, to comfort and console us. But before we can rightly receive any of those blessings, we must first posture ourselves into a position of submission. 

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ESV).

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble’” (James 4:6, NIV).

“In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud  but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:5-6, NIV).

“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification” (Romans 6:16-19, ESV).

Troubled

Trouble Sin Comfort

Source: The Kiplinger Letter

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Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-07-29

Scripture: Psalms 6:1 ; Psalms 6:10

Author: Corey Sawyers
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"The Virtue of Vice Stocks" is the title of an article by Thomas M. Anderson for The Kiplinger Letter. The author reports that when times are hard, investing in tobacco, alcohol, and gambling companies are a sure-fire way to build one's portfolio. This is true, he reports, because in troubled times, these businesses are not affected by economic downturns. In fact, Anderson says, they grow because people turn to vice when they are troubled.  

APPLICATION

What do you turn to when you're troubled? In Psalm 6 David seems to be suffering through a sleepless night. He is troubled. The word "Troubled" (ESV) or "Dismayed" (NASB) is used three times in the Psalm. However, David turns to the Lord ("Yahweh," 8x).

Note also the use of" gracious" in verse 2, and" compassion" in verse 9. They come from the same root word and provide a great set of bookends to the Psalm. Also interesting are the many words he uses to describe his dismay in verses 6-8; different words.  Here we find a troubled David crying out to the Lord for compassion in three stages.

THE PLEA (vv. 1-3)
Verse one's synonymous parallelism asks the Lord not to rebuke nor chasten with His wrath nor anger. Instead, in verse two, David asks Him to be gracious and heal because the psalmist is troubled, or dismayed. It is only to the Lord we can turn for grace to deal with the troubles of this life. 

THE PAIN (vv. 4-7)
The Psalmist calls for the Lord to return. Whether this separation is real (because of David's sin) or just perceived (because of the trouble caused by the sins of others) is unclear. 


THE PROMISE (vv. 8-10)
David wants to get rid of evil companions. He is sure the Lord has heard his prayer. Now David has confidence and courage because God is with him. Why can this be the case? David was penitent and called out to the Almighty!

When you are troubled do you turn to sin or to the Savior? Do you choose vice or victory? We have a gracious Lord who wants us to turn to Him. When you are troubled, pray Psalm 6 and look to a loving Lord who is bigger than anything or anyone that may trouble you!

First World Problems? No Problem!

Suffering Comfort Patience

Contributed By: Rob Tucker | Date Posted: 2019-01-19

Scripture: Philippians 2:7 ; James 1:2

Author: Rob Tucker
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As Americans, we are often easily frustrated with what are called First World Problems.  Here are a few examples (feel free to add your own!):

• When you say something on social media which you think is really clever, but hardly anyone "likes" it!

• When your kids put dishes in the dishwasher, BEFORE they unload it. Now, you have to play the game of which one is clean.

• When you run out of hot water for the shower because someone else took too long.

• When you and your spouse can’t agree on what temperature to keep the thermostat.

• When your phone battery dies before you get home from work to charge it.

• When you're eating chips, crunching so loudly that you can’t hear the TV. So annoying!

• When you get chicken tenders from the drive through, but they forget the dipping sauce.

APPLICATION

For most of us, the worst discomforts we face each week are trivial. That's why it is so hard to relate to all that Jesus did for us when he came to earth and suffered on the cross. The Bible says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance" (James 1:2, 3).

Every time we patiently endure suffering, major or minor, we become a little bit more like Christ. But don't be concerned if you blow it over some trivial thing.  God will give you another chance, and another, and another, etc., until, with practice, you demonstrate the longsuffering of Jesus. 

First world problems are no problem to God.  Rather, each one is an opportunity for you and me to grow in Christlikeness.  

Beauty on Rust

Death Grief Comfort

Contributed By: Scott Roberts | Date Posted: 2015-06-19

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:4

Author: Scott Roberts
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Grief Bitterness Comfort

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2015-01-02

Author: Bill Hybels
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Empathy Grace Comfort

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-10-06

Scripture: Ephesians 4:32 ; Romans 12:15

Author: ABC News Staff - Good Morning America / Illustrati
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Friendship Comfort Compassion

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-12

Scripture: Romans 12:10

Author: Charles Swindoll
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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-01

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:4

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-27

Scripture: Job 16:2

Author: William Gurnall
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Affliction Comfort God's Care

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-07

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:3

Author: Karl Haffner
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