Proverbs 14:4

Posted: August 8, 2010 in christian living, Jesus
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Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. ~ Proverbs 14:4

The Lord put this verse on my heart the other day. In this day we are not going to produce much harvest for the kingdom of God without things getting a bit messy around us. There will be heartache, trials, persecutions, and laboring in prayer, even to the extent of wrestling with God. Things can not remain neat and tidy if we are going to labor to produce a harvest in our families, workplaces, neighborhoods, on the street corner or across the globe. If things are always neat and tidy (and very comfortable) we are missing the mark to some degree.

  1. ian vincent says:

    “Where no oxen are, the trough is clean”

    Some times when i was a street preacher hecklers would come and make a scene. Then after the heckler would go, invariably a Christian would come up to me and say like this, “you know, its not a very good witness, you standing out here arguing with people” (i wasn’t arguing at all, i was being heckled). then i would think of this verse about the oxen. sometimes i would ask the person, Do you preach the gospel? Mostly they admitted they don’t. But at least they didn’t get into any arguments! Their crib was clean!

    Like the man who hid his talent in the ground. At least he didn’t get into any trouble, no messy stuff, and didn’t lose his talent! Jesus was sickened by his attitude.

    Similar on Christian forums: some people are very upset if you use strong language, yet these same people have no message from God, nothing to edify the Body of Christ.


    A thought ive been having lately is that many believers condemn themselves bcos their life never seems to match the idealized version of Christianity they have in their minds. It never seems to line up with the ideal THEY have formed in their minds, so they live in a half-condemned state. The roots of this are in a legal mindset.

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