Reflections/The Impossible Puzzle Allegory

“Is this not what I choose?  To loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and break every yoke?”  Isaiah 58: 6

Areas of your life, even as a daughter of promise, can be yoked to the one who created black puzzle pieces for you.  Or it can, by your choice, be bonded to Jesus, who gives us yellow pieces.  Consider briefly how Isaiah 58:6 describes the plot of the story you just read.  Identify the ‘yoke’ in your answer.

God does not make one simple statement about breaking yokes.  He elaborates.  He wants to “loosen, undo, set the oppressed free,” and finally…. “break every yoke.” What does this process say to you about God, His intentions, His passion for you, His royal daughter?

Why not take a moment and ask your Father to speak to you personally about your own ‘puzzle’.  Father, I must admit I relate to the story. I am allowing ‘black pieces’ to rule me.  I’m frustrated because I want to receive the ‘yellow pieces’ you have for me.  I desire the freedom that your Word describes.  Speak to me as I continue this important inward look.  Amen.

The story reminds us that Satan has a yoke for us.  A yoke of slavery.  A yoke of corruption.  What might your yoke of corruption be?  Describe the nature of the labor under that kind of yoke.  (i.e. A yoke of working to earn others’ approval might make a person feel like they could never do enough…)

You, as a child of God, can trade one yoke for another.  Through learning the truth, you can exchange Satan’s plan with God’s plan.  God says that His yoke of obedience is easy because the power and the love He makes available to you will energize that obedience.  You have will joy as you obey.  What is keeping you from receiving His love and power?

“Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.  “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”  Matthew 11:29,30

Is God approachable according to Matt.11: 29, 30?  Can you bring your barriers to Him and ask Him for His help in dismantling them?  Do it now.  Write out your own prayer.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5: 1

What does the last verse above say to you about choices?  Does God just deliver us once and for all or do we have to purpose to do something, moment by moment?  How do you see this playing out in your life?

Take time now to thank Jesus for these new revelations.

Lord, I do see with new eyes how loving and kind you are toward me.  Thank you for caring about what kind of puzzle I’m doing.  Thank you for intervening when I ask You for help.  I will cooperate with you.  I’ll come to you often and consistently, for I need to know again and again how deeply you love me.  I thank you that when I come, you’ll make my burden easier and lighter because Your love for me will empower me.  Amen

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