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?