Proverbs 14:4 – Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.
Perhaps no verse has had more of an impact on my financial management than this verse. I believe that if you apply these principles, your finances will be forever changed.
PART ONE Understand the verse.
I was reading this verse several years ago, and it literally changed my entire mindset about financial management. Perhaps it is because I grew up on a farm and connected with the talk about farm animals and equipment. Maybe it is because I am continually learning more about finances. Whatever the reason I like this verse, I promise you that it can completely change your finances!
Think about your ability to work. No matter how strong you are, how much energy you have, or how determined you may be, there is only so much work you can do. There is only one you. You can work more hours. You can work 20 hours per day, but you will reach a limit.
As a farmer, there is only so much you can do. Help is required to accomplish more. With oxen, so much more can be accomplished. They are STRONGER than you are. They have MORE ENDURANCE than you do. They even have SKILLS you don’t have (ever attempted to pull a barn by yourself?)
TRUTH: To accomplish more financially, you will need oxen to help you.
We’ll discuss how to identify your oxen in Part 2.