Thank God for the Mucking

Even a doctor’s office needs to be cleaned regularly, especially if patients are being seen.

Text for Today – Proverbs 14:4 – Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

I was a horseman (of sorts, at least).  I truly enjoyed riding.  I liked the smell and feel of good leather in my riding gear (tack).  I enjoyed the sensation of 1,000+ pounds of powerful animal under my saddle, with me in control, causing a well-trained horse to walk, jog, canter, trot, or gallop at my command.  However, I live inside the city limits, and in order to enjoy my own horse, I had to pay to stable my horse at a safe location.  Part of the fees I paid went to pay someone who came daily to MUCK my horse’s stall.  The mucker is the person who comes into the stall, removes all the manure from the previous day, removes the wet sawdust and straw, and replaces it with fresh sawdust and straw.  It is not a job everyone desires, but if you’re going to enjoy a horse and ride when you like, somebody must do it.

Clean stalls (cribs) make life easy on a day-to-day basis, but in the long run, starvation is likely.  In the 19th century, if you expected to have well-plowed, well-planted, well-cultivated fields that produced abundance of food for your eating and economy, you had to plan to keep the stalls clean, because the animals that were used (horses, mules, or oxen) would leave daily deposits of manure in their stalls.  For the health and well-being of your work animals, as well as for your personal sanitary and odor issues, stalls had to be kept clean.

The same principle applies to your life now in the 21st century.  If you expect to prosper, if you expect to be healthy and well, and if you expect to enjoy many of the better things in life, then you must also expect that you will have to do some cleaning on a regular basis.  Just like horses and mules, working people can make real messes that need to be cleaned up, and that on a regular basis.  It is sound advice and Biblical counsel to remember the need to keep your life as free as possible of waste product and debris.  Keep you heart clean by continually filling it with the Word of God, hiding the Word there to keep you from sin.  Keep your soulish man clean by the continual application of the Word of God, renewing your mind, and being made clean by the washing of the water by the Word.

Just remember to thank God for the necessary mucking.  That means you are still alive and growing in Him.  That means change is taking place in your life, and without change, you can’t grow in Him.  If at the end of your day, your stall needs mucking, it means you’ve been well-fed and watered, that you have a place to live, and you have a work to do for Him.

Manna for Today – Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians  4:23; Psalm 119:11