“Where there are no oxen, the feeding-trough is clean, but an abundant harvest comes through the strength of an ox.” (Proverbs 14:4, HCSB)
I once heard a cute, poetic piece of advice that went something like this:
To clean the house while the kids are still growing
Is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing!
This piece of advice is related to the message of Proverbs 14:4. To have a clean barn seems like a noble thing, perhaps even a sign of an industrious farmer. However, King Solomon was pointing out that the one who emphasizes a clean barn has missed the point: only barn-dirtying oxen will bring in a great harvest.
Are there any areas of life in which you emphasize the clean barn at the expense of the great harvest?
In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White
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