“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
I’m going to be very honest–This verse has always confused and frustrated me. I love it. I’m happy to learn from the Lord–who is gentle and humble in heart. I need rest for my soul. However, the idea of putting a yoke on my back to obtain these promises was a little….ummmmmmmmmmm……disturbing in my mind. It could be the control freak in me.
Have you ever seen a yoke on oxen?
That just does not seem fun or comfortable.
Last night I began the second semester of what will be a challenging year in my program. You’ve been there. You sit and listen to the professor or boss but in the back of your mind you are second guessing yourself. How will I get this done Lord with a full-time job? What about my children? My husband? My sanity? What is she talking about? Did that person really just say “that”? But you engage and posture as if “I got this!”
On the way home, Charles Stanley was teaching on this verse. After all these years, I finally understand, at least in the context of what I had just been through.
Having the yoke of Jesus on me puts me in the center of His will. He guides me and positions me to reach my full potential. When I want to stray off into anxiety and fearful places HIS yoke brings me back and brings healing and peace to my soul. The yoke is not a painful tool –He says that he is gentle and humble in heart. Furthermore, He promises that His yoke is easy to bear and the burden will be light. Yes the burden or “load” is there, but if we trust in Him, and place His yoke upon us, then we will have peace.
God does not discount that you will have burdens that seem impossible to bear, but He wants to be the one to guide you–not your fears and anxieties.
Imagine the yoke being His strong, yet gentle arms around you. He keeps you straight on–don’t look to the left or the right.
He’s got your back.
23 The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. He delights in each step they take. 24 If they fall, it isn’t fatal, for the Lord holds them with his hand.