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Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:
I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its master’s crib;
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.
Every time I read the opening verses of the book of Isaiah, I am challenged by the thought that I have to admit that there are times when I am dumber than an ox. What a compliment to my ego!
The ox knows its owner, not because of reading a book about animal husbandry or by spending a few minutes a day in meditation on the excellence of farmers. The ox knows the farmer, because it has personally experienced the farmer being faithful to make sure the ox is well cared for.
There is only one reason why I don’t know God better than an ox and have to rely on books and sermons. Also, there is only one reason why I don’t understand God’s plans and purposes for my life better. The reason is found in verse two. I rebel against God’s direction and seek life according to my own self-centered ways.
Dear God, I regret my rebellion. While seeking my own self-serving life, I have actually cheated myself out of your best for me. I turn to you today and ask that you help me align my life with your direction.
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