The bible says, “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil” (Isaiah 10:27).
The passage above is very popular among Christians. It gives us the feeling of probable freedom from grave situations. It gives us rest of mind, and great joy as well. But for us to appreciate it well, I suggest we should look closely around the word ‘yoke’ in it first.
A yoke is a bar of wood crafted to unite two animals, so that they can work together in the fields to draw loads, pull farm tools, fetch water, and carry out other heavy tasks. Yoked animals are usually very strong, big, and diligent. Some of them include oxen, horses, mules, donkeys, and water buffalo.
The quality and quantity of a yoked animal’s output, depends solely on the level of co-operation he receives from his counterpart. Usually, yoked animals work ceaselessly until they become old and wrinkled, weak and useless. In that case, they are promptly replaced with young vibrant animals; no one misses or cares about them thereafter. Thank goodness, some organizations buy them off these days, so that they can enjoy early retirement, and live decently afterwards.
Figuratively speaking, people can also be yoked, if their lives depend solely on the whims and caprices of others. Usually, people who are yoked doesn’t have a say in matters that concerns them, and they are persistently burdened, frustrated, and limited by the consequences of their situations, which might include sin, unhappiness, sickness, barrenness, weakness, dashed hopes, poverty, insecurity, anxiety, and guilt among others, until a higher force delivers them.
Friend, does the scenario above describe you in any way? If you are, then you may be yoked to someone or something presently. Are you burdened, frustrated, and limited by the consequences of your condition, and do you honestly desire to be delivered from them? If you do, then you need to pray to God, who has the overriding power, and can use any thing (plus anointing oil) to deliver you (Isaiah 14:24-25).
He will answer you (Psalm 91:15)! He will destroy the sicknesses that your yoke imposed on you, and give you sound health instead (Jeremiah 33:6). He will remove weakness from you too, and give you strength to carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32b). And if you are barren, God will give you a home like a joyful mother of children (Psalm 113:9).
Besides, He will abolish poverty all around you, and help you to prosper (3 John 2). Are you neck deep in debt? If you are, God will soon sort you out; you will then become self-sufficient, and lend to others (Deuteronomy 28:12). Are you perpetually in sin? If you are, God will forgive you, but you must be ready to confess your sin first (1 John 1:9). And if your name (reputation) is in tatters at the moment, He will give you a new one (Isaiah 62:2).
Friend, the source(s) and consequences of your yoke are no more important, since God is prepared to destroy them (Isaiah 10:27), through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). This same Jesus is now asking you to come to Him so that you can have rest (Matthew 11:28). Please answer Him quickly, don’t dilly-dally!
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu