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Gold From God's Word


An old man who was unconverted had a good Christian wife who prayed constantly for her husband’s conversion for years, with no visible success. She could not even get him to go to church with her.

She had a pet dog she liked very much who always went with her to church, went under the seat and remained perfectly quiet through the service.

In time, the old lady died. The dog seemed heartbroken, as did the husband who could find no consolation anywhere without his old companion. As weeks rolled by, he noticed that on every Sunday the dog would leave the house at a certain hour and come back at a certain hour. One Sunday he thought he would follow the dog, so he started after him. The dog seemed delighted to have his new master go with him.

He trotted along until he came to the church door. The old man stopped as the dog bounded up the steps, waiting at the top for his new master. After standing a few moments he said, "I'll go in to please the dog; won't do any harm."

He went the next Sunday and the next, sitting in the same place his wife did with the dog under the pew. One morning after the service he arose with tears streaming down his face, responding to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and made his way to the front of the church during the invitation. At that old fashioned altar he gave his heart to God, repenting of sin and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, finally experiencing the joy of sins forgiven!

After the service he gave testimony to the story of how the dog was instrumental in him coming to Christ and being converted.

And so we see there are many ways used by the dear Heavenly Father to lead us to Him! II Peter 3:9 stands out in my mind as I hear this story, which says, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." And God's waiting for you to give Him opportunity for Him to work in your life as well!

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