Don’t Worry… Be Happy
Choose Your Yoke – Part V
Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:25-30 NLT
Key Verses: Matthew 11:29-30 NLT
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
If you are wearing any other yoke other than the one Jesus offers, then you are not finding “rest” for your soul. This is not the physical rest we get from a night’s sleep; it is a rest from anxiety and fear that is far more draining to our energy than not getting enough sleep.
The problem with the yoke of this world is that it leaves us defenseless against the overwhelming problems that this world hands out. Let’s be clear on this point: putting Jesus’s yoke on does not deliver us from the problems. Jesus reminded His followers:
“… For He gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” (Matthew 5:45b NLT)
In other words, never choose Jesus as a “get out of jail free” card. Choosing Jesus’s yoke does not deliver you from the problems of this world. Yoking yourself to Jesus means that Jesus walks with you through your problems.
Let me give you a personal testimony of how this works. While we were in Armenia for three months, trying to be a blessing to the pastors there, I suddenly fell ill with miserable abdominal pain. Going to a hospital where I could not speak their language added to what could have been a huge problem, but I yoke myself to Jesus.
Rosa, one of the Armenia pastor’s daughters who speaks good English, stayed with us that first night. We decided to transfer to a hospital two hours away, a hospital in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. We did not know if that was a wise decision at the time… but I yoke myself to Jesus, and it turned out to be the perfect decision.
When surgery was necessary for my twisted bowel, they rolled me into the operating room, and strapped me down. I am normally claustrophobic, but since I yoke myself with Jesus, I was calm.
The surgeon told us afterwards that when he untwisted the bowel, blood came rushing through and he did not need to cut any of it away. Since I yoke myself to Jesus, He spared me that part of the surgery.
God did not spare me from having this problem, but Jesus was with me every step of the way.
As I think about future problems or future health issues, which I know will come my way, I have a “rest” in my soul… Jesus walks with me, and I can relax in Him.
Take Jesus up on His offer: “Take my yoke upon you”. He will walk with you!
Father, I choose Your yoke and thank You for fellowship with Jesus. I do not expect a problem free life but I know I have Your presence through it all. I ask this all in Jesus’s Name, amen.