September 27 – Making Light of a Burden

“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.” – Matthew 11:29-30 (NASB)

We don’t see yokes on beasts of burden much if ever. But in many countries we still would. There was a time when every plowed acre used an animal in yoke. Single and sometimes two side-by-side in a double yoke. It is the double yoke that Jesus offered when he gave us this promise. He promised he was gentle, humble, and His yoke was easy and the burden was light. How can this be? The purpose of a double-yoke was to halve the work of towing or plowing. Two cattle pulling a plow or wagon made the job easier and lighter for both. Yokes were not only for agriculture but also used on slaves who worked towing a full cart. When two worked side by side, the stronger more experienced helped trained the weaker to do the job. In our Christian life we are in a yoke with Jesus. It is by His strength and power that we are able to accomplish what He commands us to do. When life is so very heavy and our burdens weigh heavy on us, remember the promise, Jesus is there giving us strength and ability to believe and trust Him. 

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