Are you burdened or carrying a heavy load today? In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus 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.”
While most of us didn’t grow up on farms, we probably have seen pictures of oxen yoked together. They are connected and they share the labor, thus making the load much lighter than if they had to carry the load on their own.
If one ox tries to go his own way, no progress is made because they pull against one another instead of funneling all of their strength in the same direction. When we try and deal with things on our own, we are working against God and we usually get nowhere. However, when we lean into the Lord and walk with Him by our side, our burden becomes lighter.
Jesus tells us in John 15:5 if we work with Him we will succeed but apart from Him we can do nothing. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired from trying to do it alone? Do you feel like you’re working and working and getting nowhere? Come to the Lord and allow Him to give you rest. Take on His yoke and walk by His side, at His pace, in His timing, and go in His direction and you will learn from Him.
Remember “Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.” [Ecclesiastes 4:9] When you walk with the Lord, your load is a little lighter and so is your spirit.