This week I was out for a walk and suddenly felt this awareness of being far away from Jesus. Do you know what I mean? My prayers felt like they were hitting the clouds and coming right back at me, doubts were starting to creep in and everyone with no faith seemed to be doing just fine and even prospering, while I’m struggling.
What’s up with seasons like this? Why am I experiencing this when Jesus promised to never leave me or forsake me? (Hebrews 13:5)? Sometimes I just withdraw (“O poor me”) other times I compensate by working harder (“I will just get through this”). Do you ever have times like this? Fear, worry, pride driving your lack of connection with the one your heart loves?
In the Song of Songs, this is not the the Bride’s response in Song 4 – she is beginning to grow in confident maturity because she is learning to know and love and trust her Lover. She not only knows his love, his beauty and his strength, but she also knows what he’s thinking about her. She is beginning to understand (knowledge) and experience (emotions) the Bridegroom’s thoughts and emotions about her. As you read them, can you believe that this is how Jesus thinks & feels about you?
3 Declarations of the Bridegroom over his Bride (Song 4.9-16)
1. Do you know how you move Jesus’ heart?
You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;you have stolen my heartwith one glance of your eyes. (Song 4.9)
2. Do you know how valuable you are to Jesus?
You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride (Song 4.12)
3. Do you know the blessing that you are to all around you?
You are a garden fountain,a well of flowing waterstreaming down from Lebanon. (Song 4.15)
You have abundant resources to bless those around you. Don’t dam up or horde your resources. The King has put in you a flowing fountain of water that is for the blessing of those around you. The point isn’t to let everyone into your garden (that belongs to the King) but you are to live overflowing with life-giving resources. Jesus sees you as one who brings fresh, clean water to all those you encounter.
Do you believe it? Can you imagine that this is in you? And can you dare to believe that Jesus sees it in you? Even in seed form, the great Lover sees that you are a treasure and a treasure house. Your work doesn’t impress him. Your feelings of separation cannot change his mind. Your belief will not change how he sees you – you are His Bride, growing in confidence and maturity has a surprising response.
The confident response of the Bride
Awake, north wind,and come, south wind!Blow on my garden,that its fragrance may spread everywhere.Let my beloved come into his gardenand taste its choice fruits. (Song 4.16)
Here’s how the Apostle Paul said it:For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (2 Corinthians 4:17)