We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

A Double Yoke, Part 2

Yesterday, we considered how Christ will bear our burdens, if we’ll learn from him as he takes the lead.

Once we learn to yield to His desires and direction, we will be able to recognize the enemy’s yoke that shackles and binds without restful consolation. In fact, one of the deceptions of the devil is to force the believer into a pattern of constant and unending laboring which leads to unfulfilled desires. The prophet Haggai stated it succinctly when he commanded, “Consider your ways. You have sown much but bring in little. Ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but are not filled; ye clothe yourself, but are not warm; and ye earn wages, only to put it into a bag with holes.”

Have you ever felt that all of your efforts were being stored in a bag with holes? Matthew 11:29 is the key that patches the holes, replenishes your strength, and allows you to carry your burdens without all the excess weight. But we must first remove the yoke that is binding our lives, and attach ourselves to His yoke. Only then will the burden be bearable. “My yoke is easy . . . My burden is light.” Note that it is clearly His yoke and His burden. He never intended for us to carry this weight alone.

As I ponder the closing of this moment, I must confess that this past month has been one of the busiest in my life. It has also been one of the most burdensome. As the needs to the ministry have continued to grow, and the doors of opportunity continued to open, the more effort I exerted, and the less time I have spent “learning from him.” The busyness of life can be so deceptive. Whether you are a mother of nine children, a father with young children and a new business, a pastor, or a teacher, the more time you spend with the Savior, the easier the burden is to bear. It was John Wesley who said, “I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.” D. L. Moody wrote, “he who kneels the most, stands the best.”

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