June 2, 2017. Song of Solomon 1-8
In Order. Love Me Now.
This book in the bible is one that will make your heart sigh. It is a dialogue mainly between two people, “Beloved” and “Lover”. Many newly wedded couples are encouraged to read this book together, and yes it is a great book to read as a married couple, but it is so much more and is for everyone.
Solomon writes this whole book showing you what loving someone and pursuing him or her should look like. The woman’s voice in these chapters describes what it feels like being loved and cherished, it describes the security that comes with it. The man’s voice describes the beauty and the desire to protect her and provide for her. However, today our idea of love has been twisted and confused. Women are scared to show any vulnerability and men are afraid to show any emotion.
If we would let down our guard and understand how God has designed the love between a man and a woman to be, we would all experience it in a whole new way.
There is this urgency in our young people of finding someone. Children are “dating” as early as elementary school. There is this idea that we need to have a significant other or we are the odd one out. People question what is wrong with you if you are single and we are missing the journey of falling in love and feeling cherished by someone who truly cares. Oh but to wait and have someone love you for all your beauty and flaws. For someone to say
4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
there is no flaw in you.
You may never find a perfect person, but there is someone who is perfect for you. Be encouraged in knowing that you do not have to settle, it is ok to be single for a while, and it is ok to be the third wheel on occasion. Hold out for that one who is going to steal your heart. Solomon writes it three times in 2:7, 3:5, and 8:4
Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.
Don’t force it, trust that the Lord has a plan for your heart, and if your heart desires love, trust that the Lord hears it. There is such a thing as happily ever after, it just does not always happen as soon as we may like. Jesus is still waiting for his bride, he is pursuing and protecting us now, and one day he will come back for us, his perfect bride.