In pioneer time, as some do today, animals would be yoked together in order to unite them for purposes of work. The yoke served its purpose but many an animal would fight the yoke until broken to it. Scripture references a yoke in much the same fashion. Until we understand the yoke properly it is figurative of oppression (Deuteronomy 28:49), subject to demonic influence and may cause us to be under submission such as noted in Jeremiah 27:8. This is brought on by our living lives captive to sin (Lamentations 2:14).
The question might then be asked if a yoke is ever easy to bear and the answer is most certainly yes. When the yoke is looked upon as total commitment to godliness through the power of the Holy Spirit. Christ Himself offers this to each of us as seen in his own words recorded in Matthew 11:28-30. When we acknowledge God’s sovereignty over our lives our willing obedience to all of His Word comes naturally. Being a Christian is no longer legalistic with strict works required of us. We now have lives that are changed both in our inward manner and our outer behavior. Indeed now we are LIVING UNDER GRACE.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: A yoke that yields to our Lord is an easy burden to bear.
DEVOTIONAL VERSES FOR TODAY: Matthew 11:28-30 “Christ defines what a yoke should be”.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord I desire to be yoked to You.
QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:
- Are you yoked with Jesus?
- Have you experienced true freedom?
- Does living out a life of faith come natural for you?
- Are there any burdens you still bear?