The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
It doesn’t take long for us to learn every bend, break, hole, drainage ditch, and old tree trunk on our home course. Most times it is to our advantage, but I catch myself relaxing more on a familiar course than one that is new to me. The same is true with our own clubs. They are our clubs and feel fitted to us whether they have actually been fitted to us or not. Other people’s clubs feel foreign to our hands and seem to even swing differently. The people of Israel failed in these aspects to acknowledge God’s hand and His provision for their lives. As the scripture compares, the ox knows his owner and the donkey his manger, but the Israelites made no effort to develop a relationship or acknowledge God’s teachings or ordinances. Their blatant carelessness was in despite the fact they had a “home course” advantage and were continually fed by Him. We must always be cognizant of the provisions from our Heavenly Father to all faithful believers. We can never take for granted any aspect of our life. He has blessed us to live in the greatest country in the world even though she has her faults. Living in a free country has paved the way for us to be exposed to the gospel frequently and from an early age. Additionally, we are blessed with health, food and housing. His workings has provided us each of these necessities and many of our “wants.” Most importantly, we as a people must recognize the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is this faith that changes the hearts and lives of all who believe. How many ways can you see the Master’s hand at work in your life each day?