I’ve heard teachers describe how a yoke was fashioned in biblical times as they spoke on Matthew 11:29. They explained how the owner of an ox would carefully craft a custom yoke for each animal. A well-fitting yoke was just right for the ox carrying it–it was different from the yoke of his fellow oxen.
Recently this verse has become a source of comfort in light of the suffering and hardships I experience on earth. A quick Google search of “what is a yoke” paints a beautiful picture: a yoke is a wooden beam used to help carry or pull heavy objects by distributing the weight evenly on both shoulders.
Do you see that line? A yoke helps carry or pull heavy objects. If you are going through a season of suffering, loss, or tragedy, that’s about as heavy as it gets. And yet, Mama, God has custom made a yoke for you to carry those burdens to make them bearable.
Have you ever considered that God has custom designed your suffering–that He chooses some struggles for you and different battles for others? It’s uncomfortable to think about God planning our suffering in advance, but when we choose to focus on His tenderness and thoughtfulness in what He allows us to experience, it makes it purposeful. While we will never fully understand why bad things happen or the full purpose of our suffering on this side of heaven, knowing God gets the final say in what trials we walk through gives me hope and perseverance. There are specific reasons He allows the struggles we face. He is refining us, digging below the surface of our sinful nature. His greatest desire is to sanctify us and make us more like Jesus. He is drawing us closer to Himself, giving us Who we truly need more than our earthly happiness. He loves us enough to custom-fit our sufferings so they make us more like Him.
When I look at my suffering through that kind of lens, I am able to find the rest my aching soul so desperately needs.
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