A perfect way to explain easy and light. The crisp ocean backdrop of Greece is a testimony to a beautiful creation. God’s workmanship, just as we are to be. Ephesians 2:10, so why easy and light? Jesus told us to come unto Him, if we were weary, or heavy laden, And I know I have been, I feel that way a little as I write this. But yoke is easy and His burden light. None of us, I’m guessing, including me and I live in the south, are familiar with plows or being yoked together as a team.
Whether, horse or oxen, I suppose the team was matched, or at least one would lead the other. It would be bad if it were like the blind leading the blind. And they were in the ditch. Yet, the Holy Spirit is our teacher and He guides us, and is neither blind nor deaf to the things of God and what is going on with us. The one leads the other, the stronger, the weaker or not as strong. If one was not the leader, they would be out of step, off kilter, unbalanced.
He is like a steady heartbeat, a cadence of grace, the dew of the morning lit by the sun. He is the peaceful light of dawn and the gentle moonlit shadow. The Holy Spirit is a gentle, soft and tender as the dove’s feathered breast, He is the breath of heaven, the beat of a butterfly’s wing. He is the song I sing in the morning, all day and at night. Yet power, when we need Him.
But being yoked to Jesus is easy, for He gives us rest, And His burden is light because He carried that cross of shame, that we often try to, but can never handle. Being married can cause you to be unequally yoked, especially one believer and one who is not. Women are to win their husbands with their conversation, that is not always easy, but loving Jesus is. And He will help you. God intended the man who is naturally stronger to take the lead, gently guiding the wife, as a weaker vessel, and weak does not necessarily, mean not strong but delicate or valued like a fine vase. Sometimes, women have to lead or take too much of the burden, and it causes strife, arguing and division.
And this was a man who is loving her as Christ loved the church giving Himself for her. Submission has been defined as on the same mission, your business, your children, your family and first and foremost your faith. Not being in agreement on that, even Christians who are of different denominations or levels of faith, can become unequally yoked.
I always encourage women to wait and be sure about marriage, but I know that is not always possible. Women who are already married face a challenge in believing Jesus to help them with their marriage, of being firm and faithful, still loving, especially if there are problems. But it is not impossible. It might not appear to be easy but may not be as hard as you think the more you rely on Jesus. You can count on His love and be submissive to His Spirit, it is okay to let go and relax with Him.
I never tell people to stay in abusive situations. Never put yourself or your children in danger. If you need help, ask. But don’t panic over every little thing either. Love, pure love from Him never fails. God’s ways are higher than ours and He is unlimited, we should never limit Him. I am not telling you to just take everything or to put up with everyone’s mistreatment, but sometimes we just have to ignore enemy attempts to drag us away from His promises. It is always wisdom to seek God and peace.
Remember, His yoke is easy and His burden light, anything else is from the wicked one, it helps to let our conversation be yes and no, and no is a complete sentence, and means no. You are not obligated to do everything, you need to rest in Him, sometime we have to prioritize, but Jesus’ way, works.
Ephesians 4:30-32, …And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.…
Forgiveness might take some doing, especially, if the situation is ongoing, you may have to remind yourself of it and ask the Lord to bless and strengthen the threefold cord of marriage. Ask Him to help you communicate. That is the break down to me, Personally, I like a slower pace, peace and quiet for my yoke to be easy and my burden light. Holy Spirit power on high, if I need Him but easy and light, yoking us to Jesus. Rebecca Jones / Pete Bellis / Unsplash / model Tamara Bellis