Hi y’all (in my southern drawl). Hard to believe that we’re already at the letter “Y”. Today Y is for yield. I remember when I was kid in church there was a song we used to sing that lyrics said, “young people yield yourself to God, while you’re young and in your youth, yield yourself to God”. Hadn’t heard that song in years. The songwriter understood that the younger we are the less opportunity we have had to build up a resistance toward God.
When I think of the word yield, the yield traffic sign comes to mind. The yield sign is a place where I have to pause momentarily and possibly give another driver the right of way. Makes me wonder about the things we often give the right away in our lives. As a Christian, God is the person we are suppose to submit ourselves unto but there are times when I find myself fighting not to succumb to frustration, disappointment, fear, offense, depression, or doubt. Of course, it’s important to pause a moment to acknowledge our feelings because denial does one little good. But giving those negative feelings free reign in our lives yields bad fruit. There are times when it seems easier to hold onto those feelings rather than saying yes, I choose to let that go. For the past couple of days, after receiving some unexpected news, I’ve found myself feeling grieved and confused. But I’ve been hearing the words, let not your heart be troubled. It’s up to me to choose what I’ll give the right away to-my feelings or God’s Word.
Isaiah 55:10-11 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Are you yielding to the right things in your life? Have you given the Master a yes?