Words from the Heart for Friday October 13th, 2017
Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.
Proverbs 14:4 (NKJV)
The Strength of an Ox
A trip to the local farm will give a picture of the truth of this verse. Barns that are completely clean are empty! But, it is the animals on the farm that bring the food and products for livelihood. In life we can want things to be perfect. However, when we actually step out to serve the Lord or minister to others, it will require hard work and can be “messy.” Thank the Lord for the opportunities.
Canada’s arctic is home to the muskox, which is actually more closely related to sheep and goats than oxen. Historically, this species declined because of overhunting, but the muskox population has recovered somewhat because of stronger enforcement of hunting regulations. Hunting quotas were lowered in the late 20th century and this fostered recovery and recolonization from the historic and precipitous declines. The current world population of muskoxen is estimated at between 80,000 and 125,000, with an estimated 68,788 living on Banks Island.
Sometimes the Bible paints a beautiful picture of life. God the Creator understands the human soul better than anyone else. And He gives some interesting wisdom in Proverbs 14:4: “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.” On the surface this seems an odd little saying – something about clean troughs and strong oxen. But dig a little a powerful point is being made. There are many who want an easy life. They don’t want to get their hands dirty or their lives messy. So they coast along, never really getting ahead but also not causing any fuss. This is the clean troughs where there are no oxen. But we who have given our lives to Jesus are not called to this. We are to serve the Lord and impact the world that He loves so very much. And to do that requires super human strength – that comes from God Himself. This what brings about spiritual increase. Sometimes it can be messy. It always demands that we get active in serving God. You are not saved to sit and soak. Get going in serving Christ.
These have been words from the heart.