Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fun, relaxing weekend!
Today’s verse is:
“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.”
Come to Me.
God says come to him, with everything when we are weary and burdened. But, is that always our first instinct? We live in a fast-paced world that we easily lose sight that God has control.
Our society puts so much emphasis on making our own way that often we lose our way and get overwhelmed. Stop there. Don’t look back. God will take us. He will give us rest and peace.
Take My Yoke Upon You.
You guys, confession time… I had NO idea what a yoke was when I was reading this verse. My whole life I thought people were saying yolk. Alright, so I decided to find out what yoke means- and guess what, it changed everything I thought about this verse. First, check out this pic of what a yoke actually is:
A yoke is a wooden cross piece that is fastened to the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart they are pulling. Also, the plow can be guided by the farmer in the back.
So, growing up in church, I always just nodded and agreed with whatever verse was being read, whether I knew what it meant or not. Now that my faith is my own, I’ve made it a goal to go back and read the verses that always confused me but I just blindly agreed with.
Once I read this definition for yoke, this verse “clicked” for me. Only GOD can give us rest from the heavy burdens of the world. When we are following Him we will find relief from all the strains of the world that wear us down.
In the New Testament, the word “yoke” is used to denote servitude. If we follow God’s word and move in step with Him, we will find rest for our souls.
His Yoke Is Easy.
God doesn’t guide us with a heavy hand nor does he require a lot from us. He just wants us to strap into the yoke with Him and let Him guide us along the way. Our troubles are too much for us to conquer on our own.
How Can I Apply This To My Marriage?
When we are single, all we have to do is care for ourselves and sometimes that is too much for us to handle. Now, add in a new (or old) spouse and children and you will be pushed to your limits time after time. If we want to thrive in this life, we need to give our burdens to God. He will always be our BEST option and He always receives us with grace and understanding.
This week I am giving to God:
- My plans to move and logistics of the move
- Praising God that we’re seeing a breakthrough in a struggle we’ve been dealing with in our marriage.
- My discontentment with where I live
- My fears that I won’t be able to fulfill all God has called me to do.
Guys, I appreciate all the love and support I’ve received on this new blogging venture the past two months. I appreciate each and every one of you.
Give your hubs a smooch for me!