Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV) The your here is plural. One of the devil’s primary strategies is to pick off someone who gets isolated from the rest. Imagine going on a safari...
“I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had turned and gone.” Song of Solomon 5:6
God has said, “I will never leave you. I will never forsake you.” We read in Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, why does God sometimes seem far away? Why does it feel like we can’t find God when we need him most? Many Christians know what it is like to struggle with these questions.
The Song of Solomon is a remarkable book of the Bible. The first thing to say about it is that it is a love story. It is the story of a man and a woman, their love, and their marriage. It charts the course of their love with its joys and with its frustrations. The Song of Solomon has much to say about love and about intimacy. But there is a larger reason for this book being in the Bible.
This story is about more than the love of a man for a woman. It is the love of a king for his bride. It is the Song of Solomon, and Solomon was the king, coming to win his bride. The whole story points us forward to Christ the King coming into the world to seek and find his bride, the church.
From heaven he came and sought her to be his holy bride
With his own blood he bought her and for her life he died.
We are looking at a human love story about a king who loves his bride, and we are going to look through this lens in order to see something beautiful about Christ and his love for us.
Have you ever wondered why God seems far away? When?