Song of Solomon 3:1-4 starts out with a search like every love story should. Men and women are not born knowing who they will choose to marry. It starts out with dreams and admired characteristics. It sometimes ends in several failed attempts at relationships. Then after a long search, you find the one you marry! In the same way, every individual must seek God and when they find Him must make that decision to give their lives to Him. Then shouldn’t we constantly be searching His Word to know Him more? If we truly love Him, we will! Does the Lord seek humans too? Yes! Like a good shepherd, He leaves the ninety-nine for one lost sheep because He does not want anyone to perish (see Matthew 18:12-14).
Song of Solomon 3:6-10 tells about King Solomon and his carriage. For me, this imagery brings to mind Jesus’ death and resurrection. Verse 6 tells us the king was perfumed with myrrh just as Jesus’ body was before His burial (see John 19:38-42). Verses 7-8 tell us the carriage is escorted by guards just as Jesus’ tomb was (see Matthew 28:1-15). In verses 9-10, we get an image of the king coming out of the carriage wearing a crown. How like our King Jesus who emerged from His tomb to be crowned with “glory and honor” (see Hebrews 2:9).
Thanks for studying the Word with me today! May God bless you and keep you, and may His face shine upon you. I praise our Father for helping us to know Him more in His Word and with the Spirit of Truth living in us. If you haven’t made the decision to give your life to Christ, make it today! He loves you enough to seek you out. Do you love Him enough to accept His generous offer to pay for your sins? I hope so!
Lord of all mankind, nothing is too hard for You,
Thank You for saving me and washing me of my sin,
I know You are real and Your Word is true,
Now I come before You for my friends and kin.
Open their eyes to see they strayed,
Let them repent of sin and comprehend,
Cause them to feel shame and disgrace,
So they’ll reach out for You before their life’s end.
Let them reach out for You and see You’re near,
You are knocking at their door even now,
You’re speaking to them — let them hear,
Let them open the door — show them how.
Show them that those who seek will find,
Reveal the depth of Your love and grace,
How Your Son died for the sins of mankind,
Illustrate how His punishment took our place.
Let them ask for and receive the Holy Spirit,
Like a kind Father, it’s Your good pleasure to give it.
*I pray in agreement for the salvation of your loved ones. In Christ’s Name, Amen!
Pastors say this generation does not ask,
Statistics show they do not seek,
They escape their problems with a flask,
They maintain their friendships with a streak.
Maybe one day they will start to speak,
And make knowing God their ultimate goal,
They'll dive ALL IN with their heart, mind, and soul.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who
asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who
knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8
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I once had the chance to meet
A monk who seemed quite ascetic,
He projected no ere of conceit,
I admit to being quite the skeptic,
But I did not think his life pathetic,
He enjoys an internal reward,
For he escapes the life of the hectic,
And he draws nearer the Lord.
The monastery seemed obsolete,
Men behaving so domestic,
Walking around in bare feet,
But the garden did look majestic,
And the cheese-making I’ll give credit,
The monk says not a word,
By some vow to be authentic,
And he draws nearer to the Lord.
We sat on a park bench in the heat,
He gave me a card and I read it,
Its words: Jesus—ask, knock seek,
The moment felt so electric,
Suddenly I began to get it,
His ways a monument to the God he adored,
For me, you, and the heretic,
To draw us nearer to the Lord.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. —Matthew 7:7-8
© 2016 Kim Bond
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