Umpqua Connect

Buy an Ox

June 14, 2020 Lonnie Wibberding
Umpqua Connect
Buy an Ox
Chapters
Umpqua Connect
Buy an Ox
Jun 14, 2020
Lonnie Wibberding

A short devotional on Proverbs 14:4. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.

Show Notes Transcript

A short devotional on Proverbs 14:4. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Sunday, June 14, 2020

Life is messy. Messier than we would like it to be. It's nice to have the house clean, the desk clean, and even on special occasions, the car clean.

This is easy to do when you aren't doing anything (or when you don't have small kids). Everything tends to stay in it's place and you feel like life is under control. It's a good place to be, and it feels good too.

But Solomon reminds us today in our Proverb, that to succeed in life, to get things done, sometimes you have to put up with a little mess. For those who are producing value, not everything is going to stay pristine.

Proverbs 14:4 says:

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.

Imagine you are a farmer in Solomon's day. You can go out to your field with your hoe and begin to break it up to plant your seed. But that is a lot of back breaking work. 

Or you can buy an ox and a plough. With the strength from the ox, you will still be working hard, you still have to run the plough, but you can get a lot more done. 

One man and an ox can plough about one acre of land in a day. One man and a hoe would do considerably less.

If you choose not to have an ox, you won't have a stinky barn, or a dirty feeding trough (that's what a manger is). But you also won't get much done.

Solomon is advocating putting up with some mess, and disorder to create value, and wealth for yourself. There is a balance between order and cleanliness, and the practical need to do valuable work.

So the advice for today is:

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow