My pondering led me to Matthew 11:30 which says, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  

As we unpack this scripture a bit today, we are reminded that a yoke is comparable to the heavy yokes resting on bullocks' necks or a balance or pair of scales.  A yoke is something that unites (joins) two people to move (work) together as one. It’s a vise that holds two things together.

Imagine for a moment a farm girl carrying two buckets of water with a yoke between them.  If the buckets are not balanced the task would be almost impossible. In fact, it could be a real pain in the neck. But if the buckets are balanced, the yoke becomes the means for making the task possible and easier. This is a part of the reason why II Corinthians 6:14 teaches believers not to be unequally yoked – because it makes life difficult. The analogy being, that if two animals are yoked up to go out and plow a field but the yoke is uneven, they merely go in circles never accomplishing the assignment at hand.

The word “easy” in our scripture today is; chrestos in the Greek, which means; useful, eternally serviceable, gentle, pleasant, kind, manageable, mild.  Wow!  At this point I had to do an inventory to see if all I was doing is useful, eternally serviceable, gentle and kind.  Or, have I become too involved in busy work?  Remember, BUSY can be an acronym for Bound Under Satan’s Yoke. Yipes.  None of us want to take on that yoke. Following my inventory I decided to get myself an easy button and start using it . . . a lot.  Years ago I had one in my office and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Each time a project was completed whether it was bookkeeping, a meeting or an outreach I’d hit the easy button and say along with the recording, “That was easy!”  Talk about prophecy. How fun is that?  Knowing, believing and decreeing that assignments are easy helps me stay yoked with my heavenly husband, for apart from Him we can do nothing.  But, with Him ALL things are possible!

Of course we all have loads to carry but are they really our burdens or the Lord’s?  Well, in Matthew 11:30 burden is phortíon – properly, a burden which must be carried by the individual, i.e. as something personal and hence is not transferrable, i.e. it cannot "be shifted" to someone else.  How about an alleluia right here!  If the burden is truly the Lord’s it cannot be shifted to us unless we take it on.  And the good news is we have free will to choose what we take on. 

And, finally in our verse today we find that “light” is elaphrós which is of little weight; (figuratively) easily managed or carried. So, we might ask ourselves today if our burdens are easily managed.  Or, are they heavy as we inadvertently try to carry them ourselves, until God gets our attention and reminds us of His truth.

I know all of us want to effectively plow the field and prepare for the harvest so I’m so grateful for telegrams from heaven.  They make me stop and ponder in my heart; Am I just reading, quoting and believing the scriptures or am I the word made flesh.

My pondering led me to Matthew 11:30 which says, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  

As we unpack this scripture a bit today, we are reminded that a yoke is comparable to the heavy yokes resting on bullocks' necks or a balance or pair of scales.  A yoke is something that unites (joins) two people to move (work) together as one. It’s a vise that holds two things together.

Imagine for a moment a farm girl carrying two buckets of water with a yoke between them.  If the buckets are not balanced the task would be almost impossible. In fact, it could be a real pain in the neck. But if the buckets are balanced, the yoke becomes the means for making the task possible and easier. This is a part of the reason why II Corinthians 6:14 teaches believers not to be unequally yoked – because it makes life difficult. The analogy being, that if two animals are yoked up to go out and plow a field but the yoke is uneven, they merely go in circles never accomplishing the assignment at hand.

The word “easy” in our scripture today is; chrestos in the Greek, which means; useful, eternally serviceable, gentle, pleasant, kind, manageable, mild.  Wow!  At this point I had to do an inventory to see if all I was doing is useful, eternally serviceable, gentle and kind.  Or, have I become too involved in busy work?  Remember, BUSY can be an acronym for Bound Under Satan’s Yoke. Yipes.  None of us want to take on that yoke. Following my inventory I decided to get myself an easy button and start using it . . . a lot.  Years ago I had one in my office and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Each time a project was completed whether it was bookkeeping, a meeting or an outreach I’d hit the easy button and say along with the recording, “That was easy!”  Talk about prophecy. How fun is that?  Knowing, believing and decreeing that assignments are easy helps me stay yoked with my heavenly husband, for apart from Him we can do nothing.  But, with Him ALL things are possible!

Of course we all have loads to carry but are they really our burdens or the Lord’s?  Well, in Matthew 11:30 burden is phortíon – properly, a burden which must be carried by the individual, i.e. as something personal and hence is not transferrable, i.e. it cannot "be shifted" to someone else.  How about an alleluia right here!  If the burden is truly the Lord’s it cannot be shifted to us unless we take it on.  And the good news is we have free will to choose what we take on. 

And, finally in our verse today we find that “light” is elaphrós which is of little weight; (figuratively) easily managed or carried. So, we might ask ourselves today if our burdens are easily managed.  Or, are they heavy as we inadvertently try to carry them ourselves, until God gets our attention and reminds us of His truth.

I know all of us want to effectively plow the field and prepare for the harvest so I’m so grateful for telegrams from heaven.  They make me stop and ponder in my heart; Am I just reading, quoting and believing the scriptures or am I the word made flesh.

Recently, as I was praying, I saw a yoke with my spiritual eyes. The image was very similar to the one I’ve posted here. So, what I try to do when an image or message pops in from heaven is to stop and say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” (I Samuel 1:3).

​I found myself checking to be sure that I was equally yoked with the Lord. Had I gotten out of balance?  Was there anything missing in our communication?  This was an excellent time for a routine check-up on my relationship with God.  Most everything needs a check-up now and then, like a vehicle or an earthly marriage. 

His Yoke is Easy

​Paulette Reed