On sunday, I was at a meet and greet for a men’s group. I will never talk about what goes on in the meetings. But something was said that has stuck with me. I don’t remember the exact words but it went something like this.
When we are struggling with things, we pray to God. Can God just magically make everything better? Yes, but will he? Most likely not. Not because he doesn’t want to help us, but because he wants us to be part of the solution.
For most of us, we want God, only when we need him. Which is why we end up needing him a lot. That is the only way he can get our attention. And when he does get our attention, we look him as a magic genie. That he would grant us wishes and make everything better. If God did that he would not be helping us, he would encouraging bad behaviors. It is like being a parent, if you helped you kids every time they got into trouble. They would never learn. But you don’t just leave them alone, you assist them and you might even make their path easier without them knowing. Well God wants the best for us. And he wants us to be part of the solution. He wants us to learn, so we don’t keep doing the same things over and over.
So the next time you want to ask God to take something away, or help you out of a bad situation, don’t ask him to eliminate it. Ask him to help you learn and be willing to grow in Him. And you will be amazed at the things he will do in your life.
In Matthew 11:28-30 says:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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.”
When I was at Philadelphia College of Bible (now called Cairn University), I was taught this passage by Dr. Emmons, and Ilearned what a yoke is. And when you really learn what the yoke is this passage takes on so much more.
The above picture is a yoke. It is the piece of wood that connects to the heads of the oxen. For two fully grown oxen, it allows them to share the load. But what farmers do to young oxen is that they pair them up with an adult. The young oxen at first does not walk in step with the adult, and at that point all the weight is thrust to the young ox and the ox struggles. The more the ox fights the yoke, the harder the burden it is for the ox. The less the ox fights it and the more it walks in-tune with the adult, the less of the burden. In fact the more in-tune it gets, the more the adult carries all the weight. The farmers do this to train the ox to walk together. Now take that and apply it to you relationship with God.
The more in-tune you are with him, the less the burden of life is to you. The more out-of-tune you are the more you will struggle. When we accept Jesus in to our hearts, we take his yoke upon us. But like in Matthew 11, God said his yoke is easy and my burden is light. He wants to carry all the weight, you just have to walk in stride with him. But that is not up to Him, it is up to you. You ultimately decide how much weight you are going to carry. Remember, he says take my yoke upon you and I will give you rest. That is the purpose for His yoke.
and the journey continues…