(April 30) The Manger of Marriage -- meditation on Proverbs 14:4 -- part 1

Updated: May 1, 2018

"Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox."

I don't know if I can call this my favorite verse in the Old Testament, but I do feel safe in calling this my favorite proverb. The first time I remember seeing this verse, I did not have any idea what it meant. It seemed a bit odd to me. Then, I got it. Ever since that day, this is a verse that I think about on a nearly daily basis.

Think about it. If you own a field and rely on the work of oxen to make money, there are certain things you have to know you will face. One thing you know is that you will have a messy manger. Oxen smell. Oxen do not clean up after themselves. Oxen make a mess.