Song of Solomon 1:16, “How handsome you are, my beloved, and so pleasant! Indeed, our couch is luxuriant!” (NASB)
If you were asked to describe who Jesus was, personally to you, how would you describe him? This is an extremely important question. If you answer it honestly, it will reveal the strength and depth of your relationship.
This is an extremely personal question and if we deceive ourselves, we are truly the one to lose. Our answer to this question will reveal if we are in proper alignment. If we aren’t we have opened ourselves up to being attacked, to trials, to being deceived by the enemy, and numerous other kinds of danger.
However, the most important loss when we deceive ourselves, is that when we deny the truth, we are denying Christ because He is truth. When we deny the truth of our relationship, we are denying the very truth that can set us free.
So, let’s be transparent with ourselves today. Let’s not speak what we want others to hear and believe. God knows our thoughts and the intentions of our hearts even better than we do. (Psalm 139:1-4). Today is between you and God.
Have you ever been on a road trip and the lost the map or your GPS stopped working? That’s a major problem! How do you know where you are going and what is the best way to get there? That’s exactly what this question will tell us.
The bride in our verse today is just beginning her journey. She’s enthralled with how handsome the Bridegroom is! She loves His personality and how He treats her and others. He’s wonderful to be with. She feels very special in His presence, His provisions for her are more than she ever imagined!
At first glance we may think that she’s being very superficial. She’s focused on His looks, how He treats her and what He can provide.
But these things are very important. If we are not drawn to the Bridegroom (for whatever reasons) there won’t be a chance for a relationship to develop. Handsome is in the eye of the beholder, it doesn’t matter what other people think. Have you ever met someone who was so loving, giving, generous, compassionate and full of God’s love that they were magnificent in your eyes even if they weren’t physically the most handsome or beautiful person you knew? To you they were the most beautiful or handsome!
This Bridegroom has personality plus. He’s a magnet that draws people to Him.
If we are not enthralled with our Bridegroom, that tells us there is a problem. Until we sit with the Lord and allow HIm to show us the stronghold, we will never progress in a relationship. Th is the most important moment in one’s life. Stay here until the matter is settled.
If we were very much in love with Him, but that love has dimmed, we need to heed the words of Jesus in Revelation 2:4-5, “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; …” Falling in love with Jesus and staying in love with Him is not an option! Remember when the young scribe asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was in Mark 12? “Jesus answered, ‘The foremost is, Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ “ (Mark 12:29-30) (NASB) Without an active, emotional , personal, intimate relationship with Him, everything we do is just works, works of a human nature. The Apostle Paul reminded us in I Corinthians 3 that all works apart from those laid out for us by God will be burned up!
A third response may be that you are deeply in love with the Lord and hunger and thirst for His righteousness. You are a disciple who wants to become like his teacher. You are wanting His plan in your life and are learning to hear the Master’s voice more clearly. This journey can be quite difficult because we will be faced with many trials and tribulations. We must learn to surrender our will to His so He can lead us through the raging seas and deep valleys. It is only by learning to trust Him in these situations that we will become strong in Him and gain the victory! These are the times when we will begin to think and become like Him! Why? Because we will have experienced Him in such a personal way that we are changed. And now, we are being equipped to go with Him to help others through these difficult places!
I am reminded of this wonderful hymn, Blessed Assurance, by Frances J. Crosby:
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Father God, I lift up each and every child of God reading these words today, that Your Spirit would enlighten their hearts and rekindle the love that once burned brightly in their hearts, or open the hearts of the dear ones who desire to answer Your call today. Open their spiritual eyes to see what You see. Life any oppression that is hindering them in their walk by laying every weight down at the foot of the cross. May they reach up to You and take their rightful place, seated in Jesus Christ, at Your right hand! Glory, honor, power and praise belong to You alone. Forgive us for allowing the enemy to distract us and lose our focus on You. We bow our knees and worship the Lord of glory! Thank You for washing us clean by the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ! We not only accept this precious gift but desire for Him to become Lord of our lives! Amen.