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The Ox and Donkey Know

October 2, 2017


The Ox and Donkey Know

God Almighty  has a great sadness.     His sadness is so deep  there really aren’t any  human words  to describe it.     Why should our LORD be so sad?

God created us.     He created us  to be near Him  and live in fellowship  with Him.     That is why He wants us  to address Him  as our heavenly Father.     But,  He will not force Himself  upon us.     His love is too great  for that.     Our Lord just wants us  to see His love  for us, and based on that evidence,  He wants us  to joyfully turn  to Him  in love.

But,  most people don’t.     Hence,  God’s sadness,  because He continues to love,  but His own children  do not rightly love Him  in return.     His own children  refuse to accept His free gift  of salvation  in Jesus Christ.

They just proudly want  to do things their way  and show God  that they have the power  to earn the right  to enter heaven  all by themselves.     They dismiss their sins  of hatefulness,  dishonesty,  adultery,  and whatever  —  claiming they are not as bad  as the rest  of the world.

The whole Bible tells  of many instances  where God disciplines His children  to get them back  on the right track,  but these children  just resent the discipline.     Instead of accepting God’s loving reproofs,  they complain  that God does not love  or care  for them.     Their pride  has twisted the truth  of their sinful disobedience.

Instead of listening  each time God’s word is presented  in various ways,  they just cover their ears  and turn away.     Often they are angry  about the mere thought  of hearing God’s word.

None of this scenario  is new.    God speaks through Isaiah  around 700 B.C.  about the same situation.    In Isaiah 1:2-3, God says  to all the Israelites  (and us),

Listen,  O heavens,  and hear,  O earth;  for the LORD speaks,  “Sons I have reared  and brought up,  but,  they have revolted against Me.     An ox knows  its owner,  and a donkey  its master’s manger,  but Israel  does not know,  My people  do not understand.”

Here God shows His sadness  over His children.     His own creation  did not know Him  as they should.     When God blessed them,  they felt  they had received blessings  because that was what they had worked for  and earned  —   all by themselves.     When God disciplined them  by sending enemies  to conquer them,  they claimed there was no God   —   and IF there was,  He did not love  or care  for them.

So,  what do we know?

Do we know  that God is our heavenly Father   —   that He alone  created us   —   that all of our blessings  are from Him  —   that His discipline  is always in love   —   that His discipline  is supposed to be our learning tool   —   that His eternal love  still longs  for us?

Do we know  that when we turn back  to our Savior,  He will really welcome us?     Do we know  how deeply God desires  our eternal good?

When our hearts  become still  and know  that the LORD is God,  we will see  His everlasting love  still wanting  to bless us.     Then we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Our Lord is ever faithful  and loving.”



A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.



The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4


Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13


O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3




Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12








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