Matthew 12:19-20a Isaiah 42:2-3a He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out,….
Isaiah 40:11 He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young.
Jesus is gentle. He calls us with a soft voice. He neither shouts nor does He demand. He shows us the door to eternal life and waits for us to open it. Elijah, after a great victory over the Baal worshippers, was exhausted and feared for his life. God showed Himself in a gentle whisper.
We, the children of the Most High God, must learn to listen less with our ears, and more with our hearts. We answered the call on our hearts to follow Jesus. Now, we must take His yoke upon our shoulders and learn from Him. Farmers in the ‘good ole days’ would take a young oxen and yoke it beside a quiet, more mature oxen to train the younger one. They would place the double yoke on the necks of both and go about the work. When the younger, immature one would fight against the yoke, the older one would quietly go about his job, keeping the younger under control. When the younger would follow the lead of the other oxen, life was easier and their goal was accomplished.
Jesus is in the yoke of life with us. He goes gently about His work of serving His Father. He can train us in the way we should go if we will give up our insistence on going our own way and willingly follow His lead. His yoke is easy and His burden is light when shared with Him. He takes the heaviest burden and gives us the lighter burden. He leads us in the paths of righteousness with His unfailing love. He gently calls us to serve with Him. He freely gave salvation. He freely leads us. His love is not a restriction on our freedom. It is setting us free from the weariness of trying to go it alone. His love is setting us free to soar above the world’s burdens and setting us free to share His joy of serving the Father.