Can't Buy Me Love – II – SoS Saturday

Can't buy me love

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?

We’ve looked for the last two weeks at some biblical examples of folks thinking money could buy a place with God, here, and here.

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.

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May you bask in the blessings Father has already bestowed.

Ben

4 thoughts on “Can't Buy Me Love – II – SoS Saturday

  1. joseph elon lillie

    Oh I am praying this with you Ben. Because I feel the love of His church is being tested in most places and is about to be tested in our hemisphere. May this love of ours not grow cold.

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen Pastor J. Things are changing for sure. From the natural perspective, it's not for the better, but we KNOW that God's hand will turn what satan means for evil to our good.

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