To Yield or Not to Yield

There’s a silly story about a man who entered an interstate from a side road and did not even slow down.

An eighteen-wheeler pulled over, almost wrecking him.

The truck driver leaned out of the window and yelled, “Hey, didn't you see that sign?” 

The man said, “What sign?” 

The trucker said, “That sign that said, YIELD.”

“Oh,” the man said, “I opened the window and ‘yield’ as loud as I could.”

Well, you know that “yielding” means giving up the right of way to someone or something. Another word for “yield” is “surrender.”

The Bible talks about yielding in three different dimensions.

We are cautioned not to yield to Satan.  

“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)

Someone has put it this way: Give the Devil an inch, and you’ll make him a ruler! Don’t give Satan and his temptation the right of way in your life.

We are commended to yield to one another.  

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)


When push comes to shove, followers of Jesus are expected not to push and shove! Instead, we should consider others as being more important than ourselves.

We are commanded to yield to God.

The same passage of Scripture that tells us to resist the Devil also says:

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. … Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:7-10)

When you refuse the temptations of the Devil, when you respond with a yielded heart to others, and when you relinquish your life to God, you are ready to travel on the highway of God’s blessing and abundance.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!