The Bible talks about how the power of God can destroy a yoke, and remove the burden. A yoke in biblical times refers to the yoke used to harness oxen. The ox is a huge beast, with mammoth strength, and if you tried to harness it at its adult stage, you couldn’t contain its power, it would kill you. So while it was still young, they would yoke its neck, and put it in the field so that, as it grew into adulthood, it would take on the shape of the yoke. You would restrain it early to hold it in a simple way of living for the rest of its life.
When the enemy wants to destroy your life, he doesn’t wait until you’re fifty-three. He does it at age five, seven, twelve, fourteen. What does he want to do? He wants to bring an event into your life that is so traumatic—an abuse, a hurt, a rejection, a family being torn apart, the loss of a loved one—that you feel incapable of overcoming it. He wants to bring it in early so that he can yoke you as a youth and make sure that your life takes on the pattern of what happened to you when you were young.
He wants you to be introduced to pornography at age nine. He wants you to get involved in some sexual experience by age ten or eleven. He had to have something happen to you to grasp hold of your life, because if he had waited till you got mature in life and mature in God, his chances of restraining you would be slim. However, if he can get you when you are young, he can steal your life and form every relationship out of that yoke.
The yoke keeps you going into the same pattern of unhealthy relationships. You keep ending up with the same kind of failures in the workplace. You can’t get along with people. It’s different people, different times, different ages, but always the same problem. Just think how far some of you would be in life, if you weren’t stuck in that yoke.
Relationship Builder Action Step: Examine your life and the things you struggle with. When was it first an issue? Where did it develop? What’s the root? Identify it, and begin the process of forgiveness, healing, and recovery.