Today is April Fools Day and for some the joke or “yoke” is on them! I wonder if during these days of social distancing there will be the same level of frivolity! I hope so. We could all use a laugh! France has its own version of this day. They observe this silliness by taping a paper fish on someone’s back without their knowledge.
Today’s verse mentions a yoke that is no laughing matter. This is a yoke of slavery from which Christ has set us free. The believers in the churches in Galatia were being influenced to put back on a heavy yoke. That yoke was the belief that they could be justified by following the Law (verse 4). Christ came to fulfill the Law and free us from this heavy impossible burden. We have exchanged this yoke for an easy one, shared with Jesus. His burden is light because He carries it with us and gives rest to our souls (Matt. 11:28-30).
How wonderful to know that He cares about what is burdening me! Whatever is weighing me down does not come from Him. He does not want me to go through life feeling that I must always do more to be accepted by Him. That would be an unbearable weight! He has done it all. He is sufficient. And the commands He has given me are not burdensome (I John 5:3). It is in keeping them that I show my love for Him. This love relationship is what gives me rest. Despite the unease of risk and of the unknown, I can rest yoked to Him.
Thank you Lord, for Your reassurance.