My yoke is easy, and My burden is light

UBC World for Today, Daily Reading

Category: Exposition

Matt. 11. 30.

Beware of the ‘one size fits all’ mentality. We may all be saved by grace, but we each have a different journey: a personal one pre-planned by God.

You’ll have grace only for the assignment God’s given you; outside that, you’re running under your own steam. When the Lord Jesus said, ‘My yoke is easy, and My burden is light’ Matt. 11. 30, His listeners understood Him clearly. You see, they lived off the land and they knew that nothing was worse than an ill-fitting yoke that constantly irritated the ox and made the plough twice as hard to pull.

The plan of God for you will be a comfortable fit. You won’t chafe under it and you won’t burn out. If you do, it’s a good indication that you’re labouring under the weight of somebody else’s expectations – not God’s!

Where God guides, He provides. With His instructions come His wisdom and His strength. Paul writes, ‘it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure’, Phil. 2. 13. He’ll give you: a) the desire; b) the ability; c) the right conditions; and d) the right connections. Need a little more assurance? ‘I will make you wise and show you where to go. I will guide you and watch over you’, Ps. 32. 8. NCV. ‘If you go the wrong way – to the right or to the left – you will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the right way . . .’, Isa. 30. 21 NCV.

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