Is The Yoke On You?

Heavy Laden by Kayleen West
Heavy Laden by Kayleen West

Finding Rest for Your Soul

What are the heavy burdens that you carry today? Have you been longing for rest from these unbearable loads? Do you yearn to be set free from all the dos and don’ts that constantly badger you? Do you feel hopelessly beyond forgiveness?

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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 and my burden is light” (Mt 11:28-30).

A yoke is a wooden frame designed to fit over the shoulders of two oxen that are harnessed so that they can pull a plow in tandem. In Bible times, a farmer would employ the practice of yoking a mature ox with a young ox side-by-side. This approach would allow the younger ox a firsthand lesson from the older ox how to pull the plow. And as the work commenced, it was the strength of the older ox that literally pulled the entire load. The rookie ox simply kept with the pace of its seasoned partner. In time, the young ox would eventually pull his own weight. But for the moment, his job was to ‘learn the ropes’ and follow the older ox’s lead. The young ox may think that he is sharing the load, but it is the older ox that is actually doing all the work.

When I traded the yoke of the law for Jesus’ yoke, I not only learned from Him, but also found rest for my soul. The religious leaders interpreted and enforced the Law of Moses. They burdened the people of God to obey His commandments by loading them down with their self-imposed rules and regulations. Jesus, on the other hand, invited me to learn and love the Person who gave these commandments in the first place. One promotes a rigid religion while the latter fosters a real relationship.

Do you share in that same weary and burdensome condition today? Are you sensing restlessness in your spirit? Like the curse of Cain have you become a renegade on the run, driven away from the presence of God, and going nowhere fast? “Today you have driven me away from the soil, and I shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth…” (Gen 4:14) God doesn’t abandon us to a life condemned to wander in a weary world that brings forth thorns and thistles (Gen 3:18), hardships and heartaches. Cain recognized his sin and separation by crying out to God, “My punishment is greater than I can bear!” (Gen 4:14)

Jesus said, “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and anyone who comes to me I will never drive away” (Jn 6:37). Jesus longs to meet you where you hurt. He seeks to restore those who are harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (Mt 9:36). He offers us the comfort of a loving relationship under His yoke of learning. Is the yoke on you? If not, won’t you come to Him?

Copyright 2009, Gicky Soriano. All rights reserved.

Jesus offers us the comfort of a loving relationship under His yoke of learning.
Jesus offers us the comfort of a loving relationship under His yoke of learning.

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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

This confirms so much. For me, I tended to take on the responsiblity that is His to carry. We cannot be the Savior to anyone, just share His truth in love. You've shared a beautiful exposition of His light yoke, in which I've learned to walk by faith in casting all my cares upon Him and trusting the voice of my Shepherd to lead me in His path. For this, I am joyful and not burdened!! Amen!


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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California Author

What I've come to understand in Christ is that His yoke of learning is done in the context of a loving relationship. Throughout the years I have received great comfort in His teaching even though at times it comes with an awful price. Real change is always painful. And there are times that I resisted it only to discover that non-resistance brought me much needed rest. I look back and say, "I should have done this sooner rather than kick the goads." For His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Tread lightly in His strength!


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Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

I heard a message of Jonah and how he ran the opposite direction of God's command only to find catastrophe. But, in reading that story, God still used it for good. It gave Jonah a stronger faith in His Lord and how powerful He is, as well as turned all those guys on the ship from their false gods to the God we serve! Amen!!


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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California Author

Nothing goes to waste when we walk with or walk away from God. For as long as we're alive, He's never through with us. Nothing can separate us from God's love. He was with Joseph when he was a slave in Egypt as He was with Jonah when he was held captive in the belly of a fish. I like the epitaph written on Ruth Graham's tombstone: "End of construction. Thank you for your patience." We serve under the yoke of a gracious God who is most patient with us. It's not in His nature to give up and drive up away (Jn 6:37).

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