Jesus says his yoke is easy.
Hmmmm… then why are things so hard?
Maybe we have our head in the wrong yoke?
Maybe we are mismatched?
Maybe we are unknowingly or knowingly working against the Lord?
We get a hint of proper yoking, that’s yoke, not joke, in Deuteronomy 22:10. It is a subtle command. “You must not plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.”
The King James version of scripture says,”Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.”
That version of the scripture can bring a grin. No doubt, most of us have plowed with an ass or two in our lives!
What’s the point?
Turns out that an ox and a donkey, yeah, I dropped the KJV version, are poorly matched in many ways but the difference in strength and perspective is the obvious problem.
It is like saying, “You got the short end of the stick.” There is a whole lot less leverage with a short stick!
Sometimes we make things harder than they need to be.
Perhaps we need to take a good look at how the yoke is being handled.
Are we mismatched?
Do we have the wrong business partner?
Do we come at things differently and therefore are working against each other rather than with each other?
Do we have different capabilities and capacities?
A lineman for the football team doesn’t make for a great point guard on the basketball team. It’s a mismatch! It doesn’t fit! It’s not easy or effective.
Stop and take an assessment of your situation.
Are you working with God or against him?
Are you following his lead or your own?
He says he works with us but are we working with him?
Teamwork makes the dream work!
Don’t resist his way. With God on our team we are unstoppable but if we stray from his way we will be pulling an unnecessary load.
In effect, we have gone out on our own.
We need to be properly yoked and know our role on the team.
Sometimes that means leaving one yoke and joining another.
Sometimes it means staying where you are but following the leader.
Other times it means simply getting in step and aligned with the direction things are heading.
Find the right seat on the bus. Find your place and you will thrive!
Working together is the key to being properly yoked.
We need to let the Lord lead the way and when we do, the work may be hard but the yoke will be easy because we are properly matched and aligned with the greatest of all team leaders.
(Take a good look at the image.)