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A+ ~ SoS Saturday

 

She totally ace'd it – A+ all the way!

This testing of her faith – this trial in her life did nothing but solidify her love for her Man.

Let me step back for one minute and tell you what I am talking about.

The Maiden, in our Song of Songs has just had her resolve tested. Like Abraham on the mount with Isaac on the altar, like Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, the Shulamite in the Song of Songs has her faith tested.

She has given her life – lock stock and barrel – to the Shepherd King, given Him full ownership of “her garden” and He has accepted her.

But now He has taken a step back, and allowed her to feel His absence. He drew her out and vanished, and she was left looking for Him in the streets, those set to protect her accosted her, the ones in power abused her.

They beat her, wounded her, stripped her and left her.

Did she cry out “Why Me?”
Did she complain?
Did she turn away from Him and go back to her old life?
Did she seek comfort in her old sins?
Did she regret letting Him into her life?

Not for a minute.

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
If you find my beloved,
As to what you will tell him:
For I am lovesick.

Song of Songs 5:8 NASB

Fortunately her friends did not treat her like the Church has over the years. If we let the common interpretation reign here, this would turn into the book of Job, where her friends would begin to explain to her the vastness of her sin.

But before they get a chance to put her under the sin microscope and tell her about her failure, she just blurts out that which has filled her heart. From her inner most being flows her overwhelming desire to be with the One she loves. She is lovesick.

It brings to mind this song by Kari Jobe:

The More I Seek You

The more I seek You,
the more I find You
The more I find You, the more I love You

I wanna sit at Your feet
drink from the cup in Your hand.
Lay back against You and breath, feel Your heart beat

This love is so deep, it's more than I can stand.
I melt in Your peace,
It's overwhelming

Kari Jobe

I know it’s not a deep theological treatise, but I believe it captures the heart of our maiden as she comes through the testing of her faith more than ever in love with Jesus.

I have heard Graham Cooke quoted as saying that if I am desperate for Jesus, my relationship is dysfunctional, but I am not convinced that is the case.

I believe that there are times our faith is tested. There are times when we will not be able to “feel” the presence of the Lord in our lives through no fault of our own.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-4 NASB

How will you come through?

Will you say with the maiden – I am lovesick?

Have you ever walked through these times?

Lord, today, we want to sense your presence, we want to sit at your feet, drink from the cup in your hands and lay back and feel your heart beat.

 

 

9 thoughts on “A+ ~ SoS Saturday

  1. Sue C.

    Oh there is no question that the Lord has tested my faith! "Sell everything and go where I tell you to go" is definitely a testing of my faith. My book, "Laying Down my Net-A Walk of Faith" is a testimony of being tested. A huge lesson in learning to trust Him and be obedient whether I understand what, why, or where. I didn't always pass. 🙂

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  2. Debbie

    Yes, I too have been through those times of testing, when it seemed that I couldn't find Him anywhere and everything was crushing me. I'm so thankful for how you presented it here, so we can know that those times are not always about our sin, but about growing our faith and love. God bless you, Mr. Ben!

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    1. Ben Nelson

      It is easy to get so focussed on sin that we never grow up in the stuff there is in Christ beyond sin. You comment here has me thinking now about how we have boiled Christianity and all of Christ work to one thing - getting rid of our sin. Funny thing is - sin is what was keeping us from entering, but it is not what's inside.

      it would be like going to saving up all year to go to disney world, and when you get there and finally get there, and lay down your BIG BUCKs and get inside the gate - just spending the whole time being glad to be on the inside of the gates, and never even walking down main street - never entering in to all that Christ has for us on the inside.

      I guess i feel a blog post coming on - [smile]

      So the trials in our life could be intended to take us deeper in - not just fix our sin again.

      Sorry i co-opted your comment for a ponder.

      Bless you big sister Deb.

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