“For now I will break off his yoke from you and burst your bonds apart” (Nahum 1:13)

Satan likes to place innumerable yokes on people of God. He initiates to enslave them by attracting them with sinful habits. But God supports His children and delivers them from all the chains and slavery bought by satan. “…..if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

When I visited the country of Benin located in Africa, I saw a painting there. The drawing portrayed how the traders, in order to enslave the people, place a yoke on a person’s neck and binding thousands of people by iron chains and made them slaves to be sold in America. There was no deliverance for those people who lived with hunger and starvation. They were taken in the ships like cattle and after months of travel were sold in markets through auction. On seeing this yoke of slavery, I felt very sad.

Satan places the burden of debt on many people and enslaves them. They struggle to pay even the interest. On some people, he places the yoke of sickness, disease and curse. Some people go for the purchase of flats availing bank loans and later struggle as they are unable to pay the principal and the interest. Such occurrences in the family affect the education and mental status of the children.

During the days of battle, if the lost prince had to reclaim his land, he would be subjected to various stipulations and tax burdens by the victorious king. The conditions may be of the type that the losing prince will have to pay ten thousand gold coins every month.

Ultimately the king who lost would levy heavy taxes on his people to meet out his commitment to the winning king. Naturally, this will prevent the king from doing good things for the people and no new welfare plans could be implemented. If the ransom is not paid to the winning king, He would go for a new incumbent capable of paying the ransom and crown him after killing the king who failed.

Similarly, satan also places the burden on men for them to shoulder. For some, he gives addiction to alcohol and for some others addiction towards drugs like cannabis. On certain people, the spirit of fornication descends as a yoke. Dear children of God do not be looking on such yokes but look up to God who delivers. However strong the yoke may be, He is capable of breaking it.

“And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (II Corinthians 3:17). One who gave you the promises is faithful.

To meditate: “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15)

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai