An ox knows its owner,
And a donkey its master’s manger,
But Israel does not know,
My people do not understand.
Alas, sinful nation,
People weighed down with iniquity,
Offspring of evildoers,
Sons who act corruptly!
They have abandoned the LORD,
They have despised the Holy One of Israel,
They have turned away from Him.
Even dumb animals know who their master is, and they return to their own master. We, who call ourselves Christians, have a bad habit of forgetting our God. We talk about loving God and how wonderful it is to be a Christian, but when trouble comes we go to people first and God last. We say that we are going to do this thing or that one. We say that it doesn’t matter what we do totally forgetting that God is master of every area of our lives. He actually knows what is best, since He is all-wise. We get careless about sin because we compare ourselves to others instead of looking to see how far we are from God.
We need to return to God and determine that we will follow His way in everything. When we read the Bible, we need to look for what we can learn about God. We have been commanded by God to be holy, so we need to be holy. Being holy requires a standard that we might know what is unholy so we can keep away from it.
If we are not willing to return to God, here is what God has to say:
So when you spread out your hands in prayer,
I will hide My eyes from you;
Yes, even though you multiply prayers,
I will not listen.
Your hands are covered with blood.
The statement about blood is not referring to murder, but is a reminder that our sin is just as destructive. Here is God’s answer for us.
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
If you consent and obey,
You will eat the best of the land;
But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword.”
Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken.
How good it is when we are like dumb animals, and we follow our Master in everything. He is so willing to forgive and to forget. He is more loving and merciful than any person can possibly be. He is incredibly just; there is nothing that any one can do that will put him or her in better favour with God. We are all supposed to obey Him in everything. He is worthy to be followed, not blindly, but with complete love and devotion.