The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 14:1-13

We made it to Friday! As we prepare for the weekend, read Proverbs 14:1-13. (Click on the link to read the Scripture.)

You get used to the flow of Solomon’s wisdom poured out in Proverbs, and then he throws in some truth about a stable and an ox. Each time I read through today’s passage, verse 4 was like a speed bump causing me to slow down as I considered what application it has to my life… today… with no stable… or an ox to go in it.

Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

Proverbs 14:4

This makes me think of the china I have sitting in a box. I registered for it when my husband and I got engaged. As I received each piece as a gift, I admired it for a moment and then carefully wrapped it back up and packed it away. I do remember that I loved the pattern when I picked it out, but now I honestly cannot remember what it looks like. Sure, it is protected, clean, and a plate will not be dropped and broken, but it really makes no sense to have unless it is being used.

Can you imagine someone of that time inviting friends over to admire how shiny, clean, and just like new their empty stable was? It would have been ridiculous! What is the point of a stable that has no ox in it? Yes, there is no mess to clean up, or labor to be done, nothing to take care of or have to feed, but with all of that, there is also no harvest.

Good things take work. Discipline is necessary. Messes cannot be avoided. Shortcuts that pay off are an illusion that rarely end in the same result. Time and energy are poured out.

But when it comes time to harvest, all of the work pays off.

Father God, may I be willing to get dirty for You and Your Kingdom.

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