|Isaiah 31||Song of Solomon 2:8-17||2 Timothy 3|
Song of Solomon 2:8-17 King James Version (KJV)
8 The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills.
9 My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.
10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.
After writing my last blog, I found myself thinking about that idea that the Lord reigns and how that affects me. I found myself circling back to trying to understand how is that concept present or not in my own life. As I walked through my hometown, I got to think about a time when I was a young believer, about that time when I discovered the love of God, and how the whole world seemed to follow a cosmic plan. I remembered the excitement I experienced at that time sharing the good news of the Gospel, truth be told the little that I knew about it, but nevertheless the joy of knowing forgiveness and seeing God as God.
As I walked that memory lane, I was confronted with the reality that God has not changed, but my understanding of who God is has changed over time. It has evolved, it became more argumentative, full of pros and cons, sometimes jaded by the experience I accumulated along the way. But that has not changed the very fact that God is love, and God still loves me and loves his creation with the same love from the very beginning of the world.
And today’s text just came to solidify that in a powerful way. In part, because it speaks about God as the groom coming to meet his bride. And even more so it speaks about the excitement that springs from that expectation. I feel that maybe the church as a whole lost that perspective of loving God and experiencing God’s love. Maybe for a moment, we all should retreat back to a time when we discovered God’s grace when we were excited about sharing that with people around when the negativity of this world did not distract us from our hope in Christ.
Today, I pray that you would remember that time of Grace, the first walk with the Lord, how you felt and how you responded to his love. And may that feeling give you a fresh and renew energy to stay strong on the path of faith, to give you new energy to serve and share who God is. Let God’s love give you new wings.