You see the workings of gratitude even in your dog!
(Samuel Davies, "The Justice of God—and the Sins of Our Country")
"The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's feeding–trough, but Israel does not know; My people do not understand!" Isaiah 1:3
How few sensible of their dependence upon God, as the great Sustainer of the universe? You see that even the dull ox knows its owner, and the stupid donkey knows its master's feeding–trough; you see the workings of gratitude even in your dog, which welcomes you home with a thousand fondling motions! But how is Jehovah's government and agency practically denied in His own territories! How few receive the blessings of life as from His hand—and make proper returns of gratitude to Him!
"Oh—sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the Lord; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs on Him!" Isaiah 1:4