Why Dog is God backwards

James 1:17 reminds us that every good and perfect gift is from above, and it’s easy to remember that when you see that lolling tongue and goofy grin on your dog’s face! It seems like divine intervention that the word “dog” is God in reverse, but in all reality is it so far off the mark?

The Golden Rule

Religious organizations like The Way International remind us over and over again to be kind, to be a good person, to treat everyone as we would like to be treated. As humans, that can seem like a difficult task. If someone is rude to you, that’s a reason to be rude back, right? Well, God doesn’t think so; Matthew 5:38 - 40 reminds us to not fight evil with evil.
Dogs do not have such a battle of wills. They have no moment’s hesitation: If someone is mean to them, they instinctively apologize and “turn the other cheek.” Think of the greeting you get from your dog when you walk in the door: Joy, happiness and the utmost desire for hugs and snuggles. A dog automatically will treat you as they want to be treated because they know no other way to be!

Humbling Yourself

Our true treasure is not of this world, but it can be difficult to remember this during every part of our lives. We experience envy when the neighbor gets an awesome new car, or jealousy when your sister shows off her new engagement ring. It is human nature to feel these things; Jesus Himself felt every human emotion while He was on Earth as well. Scriptures like 1 John 2:15-17 acknowledge the reality of these feelings, but reminds us where to look when we’re lost.
Beyond the endless loop of giving you the ball and bringing it back to you, when was the last time you saw a dog who was concerned about material things? Our canine friends want nothing more than to be with their beloved people in their safe place. Apply the humility that dogs have to their humans to our humility before God. Use that devotion as a compass to point you closer to Him.


You know without a doubt that your dog would fight tooth and nail to protect you if someone was trying to harm you. Even play-fighting with your furry companion can make them nervous from time to time. You are their best friend in the whole world, and they want to do everything in their little doggie power to protect you and be your friend; like 2 Timothy 2:13 says, God will never stop loving us, even when our faith is lacking.
Do you have that kind of devotion to God? If someone was attacking Him in public, would you stand up and fight for Him? Would you do everything you could do to protect your relationship with him, to keep your friendship with Him strong?
God’s word is dog’s nature, and He put those four-legged angels on Earth to safeguard humans while He takes care of other matters. Use your dog as a guide to help you remember how to be loyal at all times.