Living under God’s yoke

Before sharing Lamentations 3:25-33 with everyone, I want to give some background information about their situation to provide a better understanding on the scripture.  The purpose of Lamentations is the recounting of Jerusalem’s destruction and Jeremiah paints a picture of God’s hatred for the people’s sins.  Jeremiah also reminds the people there is still hoped in God’s mercy and grace.  Even though the title reflects the character of lament and woe, there is still hope.  It reminds the reader that no matter how much we have fallen into sin and darkness, after God’s punishment and His pure justice for us allows for healing.

Lamentations 3:25-33

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the person who searches for him. 26 It is good to hope and wait patiently for the LORD’s salvation. 27 It is good when a young man carries the yoke of discipline in his youth. 28 He is to sit apart and remain silent, because the LORD has laid it upon him. 29 Let him fall face down in the dust, so there may yet be hope. 30 He will endure being slapped in the face, bringing him public disgrace. 31 Indeed, the Lord will not always reject us— 32 though he causes grief, his compassion abounds according to his gracious love. 33 For he does not deliberately hurt or grieve human beings.

In this portion of scripture I am sharing with everyone today there is two important messages I want to share with everyone today that apply to your daily life.  First I want to write about submitting to our Heavenly Father and the second lesson is about our personal suffering and turning the other cheek.  Now Let’s begin!

What does it mean to submit to the yolk of His discipline?  There is a difference between submitting to the discipline of the Lord and simply being punished.  The easiest way can write it is we must willingly come under God’s discipline and learn what He wants to teach us all in His word.  There are a couple of factors to submitting that I want to share.

1: Your personal reflection on what you believe God wants.
2: Having the humility to repent sincerely.
3: Having self-control no matter the surrounding circumstances.
4: Being confident that the Lord will teach us and let the Holy Spirit work in our lives.
5: Studying His living word.

God has many lessons and goals for each and everyone of us both short and long term.  Now it is up to us to do our part and study His word to ensure we are doing what is right and godly.  We must constantly be doing our homework to be ready for the situations the Lord will put in your path.  By doing this you can be the dividing factor on someone’s salvation by the way you live your life.

The second part of this lesson is about turning the other cheek.  It is repeated multiple times in the scriptures and I want to clarify it to you today.  Understanding turning the other cheek shows us that we will have trials, tribulations, criticism and abuse by others.  We all suffer for His purpose though.  It molds and shapes us like clay and how we react defines us.  Jesus taught this lesson and it exemplified His teaching before His crucifixion.  

Matthew 5:39-42

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go two with him. 42 Give to the person who asks you for something, and do not turn away from the person who wants to borrow something from you.”

Learning this lesson means that we should never justify any ones continued suffering of abuse.  Whether it’s an enemy, friend, family member or coworker, this scripture teaches us to absorb the situation and not lash out in anger or violence. This is because violence and hate never go away and only get worse as time goes by because it festers.  This is my understanding of the dept of turning the other cheek because it teaches us how to move on without resentment.  We know that God will take care of you no matter the situation you are in and He will give you the strength to love and have patience instead of retaliations.  This is the very essence of being under the Lord’s yoke of discipline.  Discipline is both an internal struggle and external struggle, but when we are filled with God’s love we always have faith in His word.

I pray that this lesson helps someone today and I would love to hear what everyone thinks of this lesson.  Do you have anything else to add? If so, please leave a comment and God bless you all!


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