Monday, March 05, 2007


Last Sunday a parishioner gave me a remarkable gift—my own “Easy” button. It is sitting on my desk right now, and I’ve punched it a few times this week. All you have to do is punch the red button on top and a recorded voice says, “That was easy.” You may have seen the Staples’ TV commercial where the guy hits the button, and the problem is solved quickly. Boy, I wish I had gotten this gift a long time ago!

The truth is, that’s just not how life works—except with the Lord. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:30). When we choose to follow after the ways of the Lord, He has promised that following Him will produce blessing and life beyond anything we can imagine. He takes all of life’s tough places and turns them into good. Some things may yet be hard when we follow the Lord, but He works it for our good.

Recently, I prayed with someone who was facing major surgery. Then I quoted Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Later, they told me this verse helped them through this time.

That is what I mean about God’s yoke. It makes life’s tough places easier.


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