4 Where no oxen are, the manger is clean,
But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox.
Make wise business investments is one point that can be drawn from this verse. Here the farmer will incur initial financial loss in the purchase of an ox. He will have added ongoing cost to feed and keep that animal healthy. He will have added inconvenience in keeping the stall clean.
But one thing this scripture is saying is don't let the cost and inconveniences hinder you from investing wisely in your business. In this example the benefits of a greatly increased harvest will far outweigh the financial outlay and the inconveniences associated with adding one or more oxen to your barn.
God cares about every single area of our lives. As a result He even gives counsel concerning running a business. The outlay of money and extra work may not be God's leading for your situation so take it to prayer before making any decisions.
Scripture quotations taken from the "NASB" (www.lockman.org)
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