(May 2) The Manger of Ministry -- part 3 in the series on Proverbs 14:4

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

We continue our look at how to apply this unusual, but helpful proverb. Let's take a moment to consider what we have already covered. This simple yet profound statement refers to a man who worked his fields. He has grown weary of the mess that comes with having oxen. The work, the responsibility, and the smell have become a burden. The landowner can get rid of the oxen. If he does, the manger will be much cleaner. He will gain some free time and his place will look and smell much better. Getting rid of the oxen isn't a bad idea until he needs to do the work that leads to abundant crops.

So, the principle is clear: There are things in life that are messy, but they are worth it because of t