Devotions, Part of a Series

Trouble in Paradise

paradise love

Bible Verse:  “I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had left; he was gone.  My heart sank at his departure.  I looked for him but did not find him.  I called him but he did not answer.”  Song of Songs 5:6

Song:  Take Me In – Kutless

By clicking the above song title, you will be directed to a video of our worship song for today.  Hope you enjoy this song selected specifically to go along with our devotion!

Today we are looking at  Song of Songs 5 & 6.  The wedding and honeymoon have passed and Solomon and Shulammite are settling into married life.  I have included the link to the passage if you want to take a few minutes and read it.

The dynamics in this verse might look something like this:  Shulammite has drifted off to sleep, her day has been busy and she is tired.  Solomon is just getting home from a long day at the office, and he wants to spend sometime with his wife.  He calls out to her with affection, “Open to me, my sister, my darling. My dove, my flawless one.”  She does not answer, so he knocks.  She tells him that she has already taken off her robe and washed her feet, basically she is not in the mood to let Solomon in.  She is making excuses not to get up and let him in.  Yea, eventually she does go to the door, but he is gone.

I think at this point Shulammite feels bad for how she responded to her beloved husband, because she goes looking for him.  Her friends ask her who she is looking for and she describes him as “His head is purest gold, his hair is wavy and black as a raven.  His eyes are like doves…his cheek like beds of spice…lips like lilies…arms are rods of gold…” She is remembering all the things she loves about Solomon and feels bad for making excuses for not wanting to spend time with him.

Solomon is down in his garden, he is calling out to Shulammite saying “You are beautiful as Tirzah…your hair is like a flock of goats…your teeth are like a flock of sheep…but my dove, my perfect one, is unique….come back, come back O Shulammite!”.  I love the fact that Solomon did not turn away cursing her or going off and complaining to his buddies.  He is genuinely hurt by the fact that his bride did not open the door for him to come in and spend time with her husband.

Although all of this is a picture for our marriages, it is the mirror image of our relationship with God that I want to continue to look at in our devotions this month.

I recently made this graphic:

seduce

Although it may look like I am warning against some great temptation or life of sin here.  I am not.  My point is that the devil is tricky and he uses what seems harmless to lead us astray into dangerous territory.

For me, that is laziness, apathy and complacency.  For instance,  it does not take long for me to start skipping church, oh don’t worry, I feel justified at the time…..nobody even knows if I am there or not, I got my feelings hurt last month at a woman’s event, I don’t agree with the way our church handles ______________(fill in the blank).

Another example is spending time in the Word.  You see, I am very busy and don’t have time to do a in-depth study of the word.  I would join a bible study but I usually feel inadequate around some of the “Super Christians”.   I go to church on Sundays (unless I don’t) and listen to the sermon (until my mind wanders to my grocery list). I don’t know what to study or where to start.

Just like Shulammite, I am making excuses for not wanting to spend time with my beloved.  To move forward, I must be brutally honest with myself and admit that whether I say I can’t or I won’t, no matter what the excuse is…..the result is the same.  I have been seduced, conned into wandering away from my beloved.

There are many things that can pull us away from God.  The good news is that it is never too late to repent and go back.  Our God is a good father and He will always welcome us back through his gate and into His court, for the Lord is good and his love endures forever.

Let’s look at Psalm 100 before we close today.  This Psalm is a invitation to enter joyfully into God’s presence, so read thru it, consider memorizing it or meditate on it as you listen to the worship song for today.  I pray that you join me in making your way back to our beloved if you have wandered or found your self sitting at the feet of apathy, laziness or complacency.

Heavenly Father, we pray for forgiveness for our apathy towards You and for the times we have wandered from you.  We want to worship You Lord with gladness and come before you with joyful songs.  We know that the Lord is God.  It is You that made us and we belong to You.  We want to enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise.  Your love is good and Your love endures forever, through all generations! Amen

 

 

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