July 5th, 2016
Sometimes Less is Considerably More
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. (Proverbs 15:17 KJV)
This particular verse found in the book of Proverbs “jumped out” at me one day. I had no familiarity with it nor understood what precept God had inspired the writer about this particular verse. My first thought drifted towards a stalled vehicle rather than having any understanding about a stalled ox.
What is a stalled ox?
I can tell you what a dinner of herbs is. It is a simple meal within reasonable means. It is a meal which can be eaten and enjoyed by both poor people and those of greater affluence. A simple meal is often found in families who are surrounded by respect and love.
However, a meal of succulent steak or a “melt in your mouth” slab of prime rib can likely be found only in a family of great means. Among those of great means love and consideration can be found to be lacking.
The application of this verse comes with the thought that those of less means is often where greater love is found; while hatred often aligns up with affluence. Money does nothing to usher in love or endure ingratitude, fear and hate.
A stalled ox is a fattened up animal ready to be butchered compared against a simple animal of modest means.
Do you always prefer the choicest cuts? Or can you be satisfied with modest servings of lesser value? Jesus Christ always lived as a man of modest means when He was physically alive on this earth. Leaving an unpretentious example for mankind to follow.