The Light Yoke

Many times, we don’t understand why things are happening. We know we are God’s children and are supposed to be kept from all evils while God is supposed to do all our works for us. He has given us His promises and we are very sure He can never fail. We are aware that He is to fulfil His promise of supplying all our needs according to His glory by Christ Jesus. He has to grant the desires of our heart and whatsoever we ask in faith believing, He should give us.

However, We tend to question God when unpleasant things happen to us. We are sure we have not sinned against Him still, things are not going well. We can’t pin point the reasons or understand why. Many times we feel so sad and even angry that we have to pass through all those things. The thought of all these makes our hearts ache.

But let’s look at it this way. Have you ever seen a soldier in training? You’ll think he’ll die of the rigorous exercises that looks like punishment, whereas, it is meant to make him stronger. God knows what we need and the best times we need them. He is aware that we are passing through some hard times.

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

What we should know is that God loves us so much, even more than we love ourselves or love Him. He wants us to learn somethings. He wants to teach us somethings. Jesus is the best teacher and I’m sure He is the author of the theory of learning by practice because that is exactly what Christianity is all about. If He wants to teach us, He wants the lesson to be practical. He wants it to be real to us.

When God wanted to teach Joseph forgiveness, his brothers had to hate him with every breath they took. As if that wasn’t enough, they had to sell Him. So he, the most favourite child of his father who had been pampered, became a slave as a result of their actions. That was why he had to cry when he saw them. If God had only explained the concept of forgiveness to Him, do you think He would have gotten it? He experienced it, he felt the pain of betrayal and he experienced the binding and healing.

There is a song that says ‘Yeild not to temptation, for yeilding is sin…’ it can be easily sung. But can if be easily experienced? Do you think you can actually get the concept of overcoming temptation without being tempted? That was why Joseph had to be tempted. Imagine yourself as Joseph and your boss’ wife who you know is influencial, beautiful and, above all, is interested in you and you are just a slave, what would you do? God wanted to teach him a lot of things before making him a minister. He had to learn the act of service, faithfuless, accountability, leadership and trustworthiness. He had to be tested and trusted.

Christ knows that you can’t carry the burden alone that is why He has offered to help.

God wanted Esther to liberate her people and she had to become a slave first to know how it felt. David fought a lot of battles and had a lot of enemies to learn trusting in God. To become the saviour of the world, Jesus had to carry the sins of the whole world.

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. Matthew11:25-26

Trust me, God only teaches His children. Others may actually not experience what you are experiencing because they are others. You are a child of God and He has to teach you because it is His will. Those unpleasant situations you’ve found yourself in are to make you stronger. They can never kill you. But make sure they are not as a result of your sin or ignorance. There is no gain without pain, no crown with cross, no ‘story of my life’ without the ‘struggles of my life’.

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30

This is what Jesus meant by the yoke. These yokes are different for everybody. Yours is different from mine. And the yoke feels very heavy. You’ll definitely think it will break you, but trust me, it can’t, because Jesus is always there to carry it for you. Christ knows that you can’t carry the burden alone that is why He has offered to help.

And you know what? You’ll always thank God in the end because you would understand it was worth it. You’ll realize that you are one of the luckiest persons on earth to have pass through all those things because you would have gotten the reasons why, which you may not get while you were in those situations.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you expected end. -Jeremiah 29:11

The burden may be so heavy, they are very light if you allow Jesus to carry it for you. The only yoke Christ wants you to carry is to trust Him.

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