We have a little sister,
And she has no breasts;
What shall we do for our sister
On the day when she is spoken for?
Song of Songs 8:8 NASB
Have you ever been in a time of worship, basking in the presence of the Lord, enjoying His embrace and found yourself interceding for the body?
The Lord has been telling His bride of His love for her in verses six and seven. As she soaks in His love, something stirs in her heart.
Her heart goes to her little sister, her immature sister.
She is not impatient with this immature believer. She knows, from her own walk, the time before love for the Shepherd King had captivated her. She remembers the days past when she knew not the sweet kisses of His word. She looks back at her life before she had the twin beauties of love and faith in operation, before her Lover had marked her with by His own twin virtures of grace and truth.
The maturity of her faith draws her into compassion for those who are too young for meat, those who need the milk of the word.
Do you remember her first prayer—her two part request of the Lord at the beginning of the song?
Draw me after you and let us run together! ~ Song of Songs 1:4 NASB
It’s striking to me that her prayer now is not just removed intersession. She is not saying, “Lord, help our sister grow; Teach her to walk in your ways; Lead her to the life you have given me.”
Her prayer includes her own involvement.
It reminds me of a principal from the book Rees Howells, Intercessor. He taught we should never expect God to answer our prayers unless we were willing to take part of the answer.
And so it is with our Bride. She prays, “What shall we do?”
This is perhaps one of the most striking things about growing in Christ. Our God in all His Omni-ness (ok - I made that word up) is not content to save us and lead us, though He obviously is capable of such activity. His desire is to partner with us, to collaborate with us. He cares about our heart’s desires (once it's conformed to His character) and let’s us plan with Him. He gives us a huge measure of influence in the use of His powerful hand in our world.
I recommend you add this phrase to your prayer life today. “What shall we do?”
It’s not “What am I going to do about this?” where we wallow in self-pity or fretting. It’s not “What are You going to do about this?” where we shrug our shoulders and feel helpless and useless.
You see, Christ in us, the hope of glory is so much more than our hope of getting to heaven. It’s His hope that we will be christ (with a small 'c') to our generation, we will be that letter written by the hand of God on the new heart He placed in your soul.
What shall we do?
See you again soon.
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