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Hey, Where Are you Going With that?

by Kathleen Whitten


Growing up, there were times when one of my little sisters would take something breakable or valuable of mine and wander off.

 

Sometimes I would catch her in the act and say, “Hey, where are you going with that? That doesn’t belong to you. Give it back!”
Then she would try to run away and hide.

 

Do you think God ever feels the way we do when someone takes His stuff?

 

Does He ever say, “Hey, where are you going with that? That doesn’t belong to you. Give it back!”

 

Think about this: Any situation important to us is valuable to God. Any situation worrying us could be considered breakable. And, if we are His, our worries or burdens are His as well.

 

Do we, as Christians, ever carry off something breakable or valuable that belongs to God and wander aimlessly holding it in our hands?

 

Ask yourself: When I hear of a problem within my family, what do I do? When I learn of a struggle a friend is going through, what do I do? When situations arise I do not know how to handle, what do I do?

 

Many Christians tend to take those burdens in their own hands and wander off with them. Sometimes we go to our rooms and bury them. We even run from God when He tries to take them!

 

Galatians 6:2 says to bear one another’s burdens. The word bear in the Greek (the original language of the New Testament) is bastazw bastazo {bas-tad'-zo} meaning to bear, carry, or take up.

 

However, many people interpret this to mean they are to bear (carry) one another’s burdens, and then believe God means for them to carry problems and worries for everyone. This is not what God intended.


As Christians, we are to pick up or bear the problems of others as it says in Galatians 6:2. But what we do with this burden after we pick it up is the key!


The Bible clearly says we are supposed to pick up the burden, go to God, and give it to Him!

Jesus says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.) Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” (Matthew 11:28-30 Amplified Bible)


Christ tells us in this scripture to carry our burdens to God and leave them with Him! When we do this, God will take our yoke and give us His yoke.

 

Do you know what a yoke is? In this particular scripture, the Greek word for yoke is zugov zugos {dzoo-gos'}. Zugos (yoke) has both a historical meaning and a spiritual meaning.

 

Historically, a yoke is a wooden instrument placed upon the neck or back of oxen or cattle as a hitch in order for these beasts of burden to plow the field or pull a heavy load and do all the work.

 

Spiritually, a yoke is any burden we might carry on our backs or any burden we carry as our responsibility.

 

But Jesus says to bear (carry) over to Him and give Him our heavy yoke (our worries, our sins, our breakable problems), and He will give us back a yoke that is light and easy.

 

What is that light and easy yoke we are to always carry with us?


Christ’s love and the faith that God is at work on our problems
so we don’t have to be!


Just like my little sister, we are not to run away with God’s breakables (our burdens or someone else’s) or hide them away. We need to give those (breakable, valuable) burdens back to the owner—God!

The next time you hear prayer requests and problems from friends or family or anyone—what will you do? What will you do the next time you feel sad, worried, or overwhelmed?

If you pick up all the problems and begin to wander around with them, you just might hear God say to your heart, “Hey, where are you going with that? That doesn’t belong to you. Give it back!”

 

Lay every problem and every burden at the feet of Jesus for Him to take care of! Not only will Jesus work on the situation, but He will make your heart light as you trust in Him.


Pray:

Lord, You tell us in Galatians 6:2 to bear or carry each other’s burdens. But You tell us in Matthew 11:28-30 to give You those burdens (yokes) so You can give us the light and easy yoke of trust and love.

 

Jesus, I choose to take every care and burden to You right now: me, my family, my friends, health, future, finances, spirituality, decisions, dreams, my past, my future, today—everything... ___________. (Add other concerns.)

 

I choose to trust You to take care of those breakable, delicate, valuable situations and people in my life, and work everything out for good according to Your excellent plan for me.

 

Teach me that even when I hear of huge problems or have need of big miracles, I am to pick up that situation (through prayer) and take it to You.

 

Please forgive me for worrying and carrying a heavy yoke upon my back. I take Your light and easy yoke now because I have decided to trust You with every burden. Amen

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Believe:

Matthew 11:28-30 (Amp. Bible) ”Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. (I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.) Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.”


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