The Mark Of An Ox

15 May

The Mark Of An Ox…

It is written in Proverbs that when the ox is in the stall, there’s a mess, but much increase comes by the strength of the ox. You say, “I don’t have an ox, nor do I have a stall.” So, what does it have to do with me?’

Everything. The principle is: what has life and is alive, will produce a mess. But much good will come of it. Let’s apply it to ‘marriage,’ and translate the ox-in-the-stall principle this way: ‘Where there’s marriage, the house will be messy, but much increase comes from marriage.’

Marriage is a living thing – messy but alive. So if you want a living marriage you have to deal with messes. Real marriage brings out things: two living, breathing, snoring, clothes-dropping people together in one stall. Want an easy, no-mess, no-problems-to-deal-with marriage?

Fine, just don’t involve another person. You want the blessings of marriage? Then you’ll have to accept the messes. But it’s worth it. For with a living marriage, comes much blessing. So joyfully embrace your ox, and the mess he or she makes. For when the ox is in the stall, there is much increase.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Let it be your prayer today. Today make it a special mission to especially love those people God has put in your stall, and be a blessing and be blessed.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,


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