Song Of Solomon 1:4 Who Do You Want To Be With?

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Take me away with you–let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine. How right they are to adore you! Song Of Solomon 1:4 

Most people have someone who they love to be around. They desire to be with that person all the time.

This is especially true of newly married couples. They want to be together. They hate being apart from each other and love to spend all their time together.

Young children often want to spend time with one of their parents, the dad or mom. They love their parent and cannot stand being away from the parent.

The reason that people love to spend time with someone is that they love that person.

Solomon shows a scene of a woman who is eager to be brought away by the king. She is in a hurry to have it happen. Her friends also realize the value of this relationship.

While this may be meant to be just a relationship between a man and woman, it can also represent the relationship between a person and God. God is always seen as the ultimate king. Jesus is called the King.

The believer in Jesus should have a desire to be with God in the most intimate of places, not just in the public open spaces. The intimate place shows the relationship at its highest level.

Often believers are content to be with God on Sunday in church, but ignore Him the rest of the week. Their heart is really not in the relationship, but just on getting out of hell.

When one realizes how much Jesus (The King) has done for him, he will also desire to be with God immediately. He will not want to wait for a later time, but wants to spend time getting to know God more and more. The relationship with God will take priority over any other relationship or action.

When you take a look at your life, who do you want to be around? Are you seeking friends on this earth and to have a good time, even though it is only temporary?

Or is your heart’s desire to be with God?

Seek to get to know God more and more in the intimate places. These are the private places of your life, in the quiet times of prayer and bible study. Get to know His great love for you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will seek to spend more time with God; and that God will be your one true love above all others. 

Ecclesiastes 12:14 There Will Be A Judging

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For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14 

Judgment is something that very few people like, unless they are the one doing the judging. It implies that one can do something right or wrong and it is someone else that makes the choice as to whether it is right or wrong.

No one likes to be told that he is wrong. He wants to be able to do, say, and think what he wants, when he wants and how he wants with no judging by anyone else. Judgment is usually seen as being told he is wrong.

As Solomon finishes out this book, he reminds the people to fear God, because He will judge every deed done, whether seen or unseen. The judgment is to determine if the action done is good or evil.

While the world hates to be judged, there are many believers who do like not like the concept of being judged, though they judge all the time. Judgment against others, believers and non-believers occurs all the time, though no one wants to get judged himself.

Many will claim that they are free in Christ Jesus and cannot be judged. While there is truth in the freedom in Christ, it is a freedom to follow Christ and a freedom to turn from sin. It is not a freedom to do what one wants with no consequences.

When Christ returns there will be two judgments. One is whether one follows Jesus or not. This brings life or death. The other is judgment for believers as to what they had done with following Jesus. The more they have done, the greater the reward in heaven they will get. The less they have done, the lesser the reward.

As a believer and follower of Jesus, you have an obligation to obey Him. God will judge how well you have chosen to obey Him. Claiming to follow Jesus is one thing, but obeying Him is completely different. It is the proof of what your words are saying.

Do not allow freedom or grace to allow you to live in sin or refuse to obey God’s every command. Out of love for God and for what Jesus did for you, obey Him. Live in a way that when God stands before you to judge what you have done, He will find that you have obeyed Him and lived as Jesus lived.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has for you; that you will obey God out of love for Him; that God will be able to judge you and find no wrong; and that God will be able to give you a great reward in heaven for your obedience to Him. 

Ecclesiastes 11:5 Understanding God’s Ways

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As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Ecclesiastes 11:5 

Scientists are always working hard to understand how things work. They are determined to figure out what makes things work the way that they do. Study after study is done on nearly everything that can be seen or unseen, touched or untouched.

As they study to answer their many questions, often many more questions are raised than are answered. Men are limited in their knowledge of how things work, yet their curiosity is still there.

Two areas of great interest for men is the weather and the human body. They want to be able to control the weather to keep people safe from harm in storms. And the desire to create a human being is great.

Solomon was the wisest person on the earth and knew that one cannot fully understand the path the wind takes, nor how a body is formed. He also realized that in the same way one cannot understand how God works.

Although the Bible does show their are a few principles that God always works on, such as love and forgiveness, there are many things that a person cannot fully understand. God works in one way with a person in a situation, and in a completely different way with another person in the same situation. He heals one way with one person and in a different way with another.

God is above all and in complete control. He is beyond fully understanding. However, one can know that God is in control and does what is best.

Holding on that trust is what can give a person peace and comfort in His life. The greatest thing a believer can do is trust that God knows what He is doing, rather than striving to fully understand Him.

God will work in many different ways in your life. Each situation may reveal a different way that God works. Do not fight to understand God’s ways or refuse to trust His ways when you do not understand them. Just accept what God is doing and trust Him.

If you could fully understand God, you would be God, but since you are not God, you cannot fully understand Him. Instead of doubt and confusion, trust Him as you trust that your body will function and grow the way it is supposed to.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will not fear the way God works in your life; that you will trust the way God is working; that you will know that God is working out the best for you; and that you will know God loves you. 

Ecclesiastes 10:18 Sagging Rafters And A Leaking House

Old house

Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks. Ecclesiastes 10:18 

Owning a house is the dream of many people. Of those who dream of owning a house, many also dream of it being a large home with many rooms and space for everything the want.

There are many people who will be able to somehow make it happen to be able to own their own house. After much work, they are able to get a mortgage and purchase the home. They are excited.

However, once owning the home, the reality begins. Things in the home wear out and break down. It costs more than just the mortgage payments to own a home. There must be repairs and upkeep.

Solomon talks about maintaining a house. He says that with laziness the rafters will sag and the house will begin leaking.

This is very true of a physical house. One must maintain the house to keep it in good condition. Little problems must not be ignored, or they will develop into larger problems.

This same principle works in the lives of believers. While salvation is free and easy to accept, walking the path God has for a believer is not always easy. It takes work to make the journey.

When a believer becomes lazy and does not spend time in prayer or studying God’s word, when he chooses to not be around other believers, then the rafters in his life and the soul will start developing leaks. Sagging rafters of compromise will rise up in living the holy life a believer is called to live. Sin will leak in through the cracks.

As this occurs, there is a gradually pulling away from God. It all comes because of laziness and idle hands, refusing to work at living a holy and pure life before God. Being lazy in the work God has called one to do and be.

Your life is a house that requires maintenance. God has given you the blueprint in how to maintain your house–the Bible. He has also given you His Holy Spirit to guide you in how to maintain your life in the same manner in which Jesus lived His.

The work of maintaining your life is not to earn salvation, but because of salvation. It is done out of love for God to maintain and build what He has given you. To use it to the best of your abilities and with His strength that He provides.

Are your hands idle today?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will see the guidance God gives you in the Bible to live your life; that God will help you to live as Jesus lived; and that by God’s Holy Spirit you will live the holy life God has called you to live.