…O fairest among women... (Song of Songs 1:8 NKJV)
He speaks! Verse 8 contains the Shepherd’s first words in the Song.
With all our girl is stressing over:
- The conflict of inner and outer cleanliness
- The abuse of her mother’s sons
- The disrepair of her vineyard
- Her feeling of separation
See how He addresses her.
Most beautiful among women (NASB)
He sees her as beautiful—most beautiful—the fairest of them all!
The common meaning of the word fair does not do this verse justice. If it weren’t for Snow White’s evil witch and her mirror query, most of us wouldn't even know that fair can mean beautiful.
Let me explain something amazing about Jesus here.
Heb 12:2 says that Jesus, for the joy set before Him endured the cross. The reason Jesus went to the cross, is that He could see something about you and me that we, even today, are not seeing clearly.
You say, I am dark and beautiful, but Jesus says, I see the one My Father created unto good works. I see a completely successful, with fully realized potential, son or daughter. I saw you while you were still my enemy. I saw you when you were actively hostile toward Me. You are why I laid down my life.
Now you may not walk in your full potential, but God sees you that way. You are beautiful to Him.
Don’t get me wrong, you will answer for what you do with all that potential, but when you turn your faces toward the Shepherd, He sees what you can be, and loves you and puts all His unlimited resources into action to get you moving toward that amazing ‘you’ that He envisions.
Turn your attention toward the Shepherd today and walk toward the ‘you’ He sees!
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 NASB
There is much more to say – so come back next week.