Working For a Harvest

Recently, I was encouraged by a reader with this verse: 'Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.'  Proverbs 14 v 4.  This is one of those verses, which if taken at face value, appears to be only applicable to farmers.  But, like most of Proverbs, there is a deeper meaning.  We all like things to be clean, yes?  A stable without an oxen is clean.  A life without difficulties is straight-forward.  

Now lets pretend we're in biblical times.  The ox is necessary to plough the fields.  His strength is required in order to produce a harvest.  The immediate effects may not be obvious - but when harvest time comes, we know it was worth the messy stable.  It was worth the maintenance; the upkeep and the feeding.  The time and money invested in this animal, to ensure he became strong.  Do you see where I'm going here?  

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