If a man were to give all the riches of his house for love,
It would be utterly despised.
Song of Songs 8:7 NASB
There is another side of this coin. Yes, you can’t buy love, but would you betray your love for money, or some other currency?
The last example I bring is the day King Ahab and King Jehoshaphat were joining together in a battle. These kings of the northern tribes and the southern tribes respectively were allied at the time by a marriage between their families.
Ahab came to Jehoshaphat and ask him to join a battle against Ramoth-gilead. Jehoshaphat was willing as long as the prophets of the Lord were on board. Ahab called in his 400 prophets (the same ones Elijah killed a few weeks back on this very blog) and they all agreed together he should go and do what he wanted. But Jehoshaphat wanted one of God’s prophets.
But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?" - 2 Chronicles 18:6 NASB
Ahab’s reply is telling:
The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me but always evil. He is Micaiah, son of Imla." But Jehoshaphat said, "Let not the king say so." - 2 Chronicles 18:7 NASB
You see, Micaiah loved the Lord God, and his affections could not be purchased with the currency of the king’s favor or fame. He served the One God of Israel and would not be moved from speaking the truth.
And this is the end of the matter. What is the price of our loyalty? Is there a price that would buy your compromise? Would I turn my back on the Lord for some favor, for some fame, for some position?
Solomon calls it despicable. That is not love, but an arrangement of convenience. When relationship with the Lord becomes uncomfortable, is “faith” on the line? Is “love” up for grabs? I pray not.
I was reading in Acts 14 this morning and saw how Paul was stoned and dragged out for the city—left for dead. Resurrected or revived—either way—picks himself up—he brushes himself off—and heads to the next city.
I pray today, Lord, that you deepen our love, so it stands up to the onslaught of doubt and fear and hate crashing in on us daily. Give us love that can not be sold, no matter how high the bidding rises. Let us imitate your resistance, when satan offered you all the world to bow down and worship him.
May you bask in the blessings Father has already bestowed.