Proverbs 14:4 “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.“
Because of the Industrial Age, the modern equivalent to the ox is the machine. Our vehicles allow farmers to plant crops and reap harvest in mass quantities. Machines allow the factory workers to produce from an assembly line large amounts of products at cheaper, yet more effective means. Technology in our generation is the greatest it has ever been. With new models of the iPhone being released every year, unfathomable features being added to vehicles, development of new inventions, etc. we are becoming a “more productive generation.” The principle still stands true: where there is no ox, the crib remains clean, but when you have on ox, you can do greater.
Your phone, computer, tablet, and any form of technology will only last a few years before falling into the category of obsolete. You are constantly having to update, upgrade, and upload to regulate the maintenance of your equipment. It takes time and work to keep your email in order, you’re hard drives up to date, and you’re constantly deleting extra photos of your favorite foods and videos of dancing cats to keep storage on your phone. Still, many would not be able to survive without their phones. Another example would be your car. You have to make sure the fluids are replaced every so often, the tires are in good shape, the interior is maintained, and much more to keep your vehicle running. The benefits of your car out-weight the cost. It saves lots of time, work, and brings peace of mind to be able to just drive to your destination.
It is important to understand that work is required to enjoy the blessings of life that God has given us. There are always blessings when you go above and beyond at home, work, school, church, and in all that you do, but there it takes “elbow grease” to continue to enjoy those blessings. When you get married, they say, you need to work to maintain your husband/ wife relationship. When you get saved, you read your Bible to add to your faith and help equip you to be the best Christian you can be. Many get caught dwelling on the work required to maintain their ox, and lose sight of the great benefits the ox bring. Do not look at the stall and complain about work, but look at the ox and thank God for His blessings.