I recently heard an acronym for BUSY that awakened my soul: Being Under Satan’s Yoke. These words struck a nerve, perhaps a sign that I am a willing accomplish. After calculating the time I spend at work, with family and editing my latest movie script, there’s not much room for church, God or service. Either my priorities have to change or I will remain under Satan’s yoke.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going, Ecclesiastes 9:10.
In the context of the Bible, a yoke is a bar of wood used to unite two animals. This device was applied by joining two oxen, usually attached to a plow to enhance the farming process. These animals were forced to work like a slave until the yoke was removed. Whether you refer to the acronym above or apply this concept spiritually, the Devil uses busyness to distract individuals from serving the Lord.
Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil, 1 John 3:8.
The disciple whom Jesus loved points to Satan’s yoke upon mankind. Satan uses whatever means possible to get people hooked on alcohol, drugs or some other unwholesome practice. Once addicted, hearts, minds and souls become desperate for their next fix. This obsession results in selfish ambition, tempting souls to indulge in earthly pleasures day after day. Until people come to their senses like the prodigal son, Luke 15, countless lives will remain busy under Satan’s yoke.
by Jay Mankus