Friday, October 7, 2016
UV 2088/10000 Now Power
For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.
Nahum 1 v 13
The Lord promises in this uni-verse to remove our burden, to break the yoke that ties us and weighs us down with sorrow and pain. The use of the word “ now” in conjunction with many of the promises of the Lord is to indicate that His “now” power is already at work in us towards that end of freeing, liberating and lightening our load. We may not yet see it with our physical eyes or experience it as the power of the Lord has begun the work in us. The yoke or burden might be one relating to spiritual oppression, to a source of pain and affliction. It is something that constrains us and keeps us from being our true selves in Christ. It is the yoke that the enemy of our souls has laid upon our shoulders.
The implication of this uni-verse is that for a fairly long time in our lives, we might have suffered due to some issue- personal, emotional or spiritual. But the day will come when the Lord will give us complete deliverance. Till such time we need to be patient in affliction. Till such time we should be filled with hope. The time when we bear the yoke is the time when our faith is tested. It is the period of ploughing or churning in our souls just as a heavy yoke is used to churn and turn the soil of the field to prepare it for sowing. Till the time, our souls are ready for sowing the seed of hope, we need to carry the yoke.
We are tied with many bonds or cords to this world. The Lord promises in this uni-verse not just to break the yoke but to untie our bonds. These bonds refer to our worldly ties that hold us back and keep us from fulfilling the Lord’s purpose for our lives. The bonds could be our attitudes, our habits, our choices, our desires, our fears and doubts. These tend to act like shackles and fetters on our souls. WE cannot break the yoke or lift it on our own effort or burst the bonds on our own. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to recognize what weighs us down, what restricts and constrains us. When we pray persistently, the Lord lifts our burdens. When we meditate on the word and apply it in different areas of our lives, the bonds or cords are broken on the sharpened edge of the sword. The cords are broken in many pieces such that we will never again get tied like that.
Prateep V Philip