The Songs of Solomon: The Love Story truly was a radical sermon series. The poetry and words have far-reaching implications to learn not only about love in marriage, but also to relate to God’s ultimate purpose of refining His bride. There were clear examples of how distractions of this world, petty jealousies, and false fears can cause us to feel lost. There were examples of how God has ordained husbands and wives to walk together. But this book is not just for married couples.
From my perspective, the loveliest part of the message—the expression of the spiritual love bond between God and His bride and how He uses marriage to demonstrate God’s steadfast love—is written for all of us. We know marriage takes work; it’s not easy. And we know our walk in faith is a battle. That’s why the Word tells us to put on the Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18).
“Do not arouse or awaken my love until she pleases, who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved” (8:4,5) reminds me that God has His perfect timing for our lives. Nothing is wasted to draw us closer to Him, to perfect us for His Glory. By using the ashes of our lives, He can fertilize the forest around us, and restore the trees. Did you know that ashes can be used make a garden beautiful again? Ashes can be used to get rid of garden pests, and to enrich the soil to make it richer?
John Maxwell says “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” It’s all about timing and perseverance. It’s all about recognizing God’s grace. We tend to look at all the “wrongs” in our walks with Lord or the “wrongs” in marriages. Rather, we might see the beauty of the sanctifying process that God has for us.
The book of Solomon is a great example of God’s grace working itself out in my life, in the life of His bride, as He prepares us for so much more. The fires burning away, those pests that keep us from being perfect, the ashes enriching soil to bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit sums up the type of Christians He wants us to be: People who are patient, loving, peaceful, kind, good, faithful, gentle. The poem sings to me and reminds me that I can enter into a loving relationship by waiting and standing—choosing joy, and praising God for His steadfast love.