THE OX KNOWETH HIS OWNER
C.H. Spurgeon notes
“The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib; but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider,” [Isaiah 1:3]
The Spirit of God can make use of any agency to bring sinners to repentance and faith in the Redeemer. Commenting once upon the words, “The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib; but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider,” [Isaiah 1:3] the speaker sought to impress upon his people how strangely guilty the human heart is, despising the goodness of God, and forgetting his very existence.
Three or four days after, a farmer, who had been present, was giving provender to his cattle, when one of his oxen, evidently grateful for his care, fell to licking his bare arm. Instantly, with this simple incident, the Holy Spirit flashed conviction on the farmer’s mind. He burst into tears, and exclaimed, “Yes, it is all true. How wonderful is God’s word! This poor dumb brute is really more grateful to me than I am to God, and yet I am in debt to him for everything. What a sinner I am! ” The lesson had found its way to his heart, and wrought there effectually to lead him to Christ.
Praise the Lord!