Rev. Ray's November 15, 2021 Devotion
November 15, 2021, 1:06 PM

The oxen pulled the load, but the pain was more than it could stand. A cruel master, and a yoke that didn’t fit, was a bad combination. Each step brought tears and regret; how did he get in this situation? The nights rehearsed the hurt of the day, and the days wished for the night; peace had become a lost dream.

A kind man watched the poor animal labor. With compassion he bought the oxen at a great price. “You are a fool,” the former owner said to one who paid so much; “No beast is worth this price,” as he laughed out his evil words.

The good man looked into the saddened eyes that were afraid to hope, and then he spoke kindly, “Come to me and I will give you rest.”

We choose the yoke that we will use to pull today’s burdens. If I choose the one that this world offers, I choose the more difficult one, and the master of it is cruel. We were not created to wear it, it is painful and heavy.

The Lord offers us the better way. It is not without weight, but we can bear it because Jesus’ yoke is easy; it was made to fit our soul, and best of all, Jesus pulls with us. The first yoke is about our human inability to succeed without God; the second is about God’s ability to get us through the blood, sweat and tears of the journey.

Are you tired of getting nowhere fast? Do you ever wake up to say that you dread the day? Then Jesus is especially talking to you. “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” Matthew 11:29.

I have not heard this hymn in a long time:
"His yoke is easy, His burden is light,
I’ve found it so, I’ve found it so;
His service is my sweetest delight,
His blessings ever flow."

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray


 
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