“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” II Corinthians 16:4
Ok, I admit it. I am not a mechanically inclined person, but I do try. I was trying to hitch our trailer to the truck to take it across town for service. Three times I tried to get that tongue locked down on the hitch ball. The third time, I thought I had it. The tongue clicked, the spring lock did not pop up and the top lock popped into place. I hooked up the chains, connected the lights, and attempted to drive away. As soon as I turned right, the tongue popped off the hitch and we were disconnected. The trailer was in the road blocking traffic, and I was looking for someone to help me get it put back together.
The same is true of relationships. God tells us not to be unequally yoked. No matter how good the relationship looks on the surface; no matter how well it seems to fit together, no matter how many times we work to get it right. It doesn’t matter if the tongue seems to be made for that ball, when one individual is anchored to the two-ton truck of God’s Word and the other is connected to the trailer of life, the two will become disconnected. It may be the bumps of the road like finances, child rearing or church-going. It could be a complete change of direction, caused by circumstances or life happenings, but at some point, the two will be disconnected, in the middle of life’s road, blocking traffic on life’s highway and looking for someone, or something, to put it back together for them.
This is not what God intended. He wanted our relationships to be a perfect fit. It is like the goose neck hitches that actually connect the truck and trailer together in such a way that they cannot come apart. The two, connected to Christ, intertwined by the chains of strength, love, endurance, patience and kindness, so even if there is a bump in the road—that truck and trailer are going to stay hitched!
Thought provoker: Are you thinking about a relationship in your life that isn’t hitched correctly? Take that relationship to God and be willing to be obedient to Him and His Word, no matter how things may look to you. If you are considering a relationship, please be sure it is a perfect fit from God’s standpoint.
Lord, thank You for the principles in Your Word that make it clear which way we should go. Help us to be sure to be hitched with others who are bound by Your Word, Your love and Your strength so those relationships will stand the test of time. Thank you that we are not in the dark when it comes to what You want for us. Amen .