Never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; write them on your heart. If you do this, both God and people will be pleased with you. Proverbs 3:3-4 Good News Translation
This is Capitan. His Master died and he ran away from his family and went to the cemetery where his owner was buried. He had never been there before and it was quite a distance from his home, but he found it. Once in the cemetery, he found his master’s grave and for the next eleven years at 6:00 PM each night, Capitan would lay down and sleep. The cemetery caretakers and neighbors, fed and cared for him until his death a few days ago.
In 2009, Richard Gere made a movie with a similar storyline. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale was based on a true story about a college professor and his faithful dog. Hachi would accompany his owner to the train station where he would catch the train to work. Hachi would meet his train when he came home each day. One day Hachi’s owner never came back as he had a heart attack during class and died. Hachi waited at the train station for his master over nine years until his own death. A bronze statue of Hachi was erected at the train station in his memory.
There are lots of stories like these and I can cry at each one. The love and loyalty of dogs is amazing but the love and loyalty of God outshines them all. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments”.
Our Master loves us and has promised to be faithful to us from generation to generation but are we faithful to Him? Where does your loyalty lie? Are you waiting on him each day? Are you willing to follow him to the death? Is spending time with him your number one priority?
We have a master who laid down his life for us so that we might spend eternity with Him. There is no greater love or loyalty. What are we willing to do for Him?