Song Of Solomon 3:2 Searching For Love

I will get up now and go about the city, through its streets and squares; I will search for the one my heart loves. So I looked for him but did not find him. Ecclesiastes 3:2

Losing or misplacing something of high importance is never a fun thing to deal with. Some things, such as a brush, can be frustrating when a person trying to get ready in the morning and cannot find it. Other things, such as the wallet or keys, are extremely frustrating and can cause a lot of fear. The level of fear goes even higher when the item is lost and the person was not at home when it happened.

People lose things around the house on a regular basis, but usually will find them with a lot of searching. Things lost out of the house are not usually found, no matter how much searching is done.

The more important the item is the harder and longer time a person will take to search for that item. Some things, people just ignore and go on without another thought about it.

In this verse, the bride is searching for her lover and cannot find him. She spends all night looking for him and begins to search up and down the streets. She does not rest until she finds him.

As a believer in Jesus, there may be times when God seems distant or lost to you. You are going through a tough situation and cry out to God. Your prayers seem to hit the ceiling and bounce down back at you. God appears to have left.

Some people at that point give up on God. They begin to reject God because it seems as though He has rejected them.

Jesus said that He would never leave you. God will never forsake you if you trust Him.

The challenge comes in how much are you willing to do to find God again?

Finding God means you will have to get into His word more. You will need to be praying more. You will need to be praising Him more. You will need to spend time with other believers more.

Searching for God may take some time and work, but He can be found. God is found by those who seek Him. Are you seeking Him today?

I pray today that you will find God in your life; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will forsake all things in order to have God’s presence in your life; and that you will not give up on God when He appears to be absent.

Song Of Solomon 1:15 You Are Beautiful

How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves. Song Of Solomon 1:15

Love scenes are portrayed in many books and movies in many different ways. The description of love between two people can be described in many ways, depending on the culture of the people involved.

One of the things that is common for a man to say about a woman he loves is that she is beautiful. A young man in love with a woman cannot stop telling her how beautiful she is. When first falling in love with someone, a person does not see any faults in the person. All they see is love and beauty.

It is only when a person gets closer to another person, do they often see faults and problems in the person. Many people will at that point walk away, realizing the person is not as good as they thought. People get married quickly, then a few short years later get divorced because one spouse was not as beautiful as was originally thought.

Solomon tells a story of the love between a man and a woman. It is a deeply felt love and the process of it growing more and more.

This love can be seen between God and every person. God sees you as a beautiful person. Not necessarily a beautiful person right now, but who you are and can be in Jesus. Before you are forgiven of your sins, you are seen as a person dressed in filthy rags that is dirty. There is little beauty to be seen at that point.

Once you come to Jesus, however, and are forgiven of your sins, you are clothed with His beauty and righteousness. God’s love for you has always been there. If He did not love you, then why did He send His only son to die on the cross for you?

People often look at themselves as only filthy dirt and unworthy of any love. God sees you as His bride, that is lovely and beautiful.

Allow yourself to be cleaned up by the forgiveness that Jesus provides. Accept the love God has for you. He is looking at you and saying that you are beautiful. Do you believe that in your own life today?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides you; that you will know how beautiful God is; and that you will love God as He loves you.

Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 The Proper Time & Procedure & Misery

Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter though a person may be weighed down by misery. Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

The one who Solomon is encouraging the people to obey is the king. Very few people have a problem with obeying the king, as long as what he is commanding is good and right. The challenge came in when what he was commanding was harmful or wrong.

No one likes to obey a ruler when it does not make sense or causes pain and misery. At that point, people like to rebel and fight against the ruler.

Across the nation people rise up in riots and fighting when they do not like a rule that was made by the president or some other leader in the country. The same thing happens in a business when people don’t like the ruling.

Solomon recognized that there will be times when a person does not like the ruling of the leader. This is where having a wise heart comes in. Knowing and understanding that the rule was bad, just opens the eyes to what is wrong. It is wisdom that guides the person as to how to deal with it.

No matter what country you are from, there is a process to be followed in order to speak about the actions of a leader. Those actions are not found in rioting or fighting or speaking badly about the leader.

Each country, each business, each family has a different way in which to approach the leader about when things are done in a bad way. The one thing, as a believer, that should begin all approaches is love.

As you are going through a time of misery, you need to be dealing with that leader in the love of God. God sees your misery that you are going through, but fighting back harshly will not solve the issue.

Seek the proper way to approach the leader in the love of Jesus. Allow God to work in the heart of the leader and make the necessary changes. Trust His timing in it.

Do not allow your misery to cause you to do wrong and sin. Take a step back, breath, and let God’s Holy Spirit guide you in what to say and when to say it.

I pray today that God will strengthen you in following all leaders over you; that God will fill you with His love for your leaders; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in dealing with them; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to your leaders.

Proverbs 29:15 A Rod And A Reprimand

A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother. Proverbs 29:15

People often talk about the need to discipline a child in order to have the child grow up correctly. Many parents always love the statement, “spare the rod, spoil the child.” Some will take this to extremes, even to the point of abuse. While others reject all discipline.

Arguments are continually made about how children are no longer disciplined. Their being undisciplined is argued as being the reason schools are now so dangerous.

While it is true that children should be disciplined for doing the wrong thing, there is one other group of people who need to be included in discipline. That is all the believing adults.

Every believer in Jesus claims God as their Father.

As a result of God being their Father, this means that each one is His child.

God in His great love is willing to discipline His children. The purpose of the discipline is to get each one back on the right track and keep them from walking or living in sin.

The dangerous part is that most adults do not feel that they need to be or should ever be disciplined. Adults often feel that they have “made it” and can do what they want, when they want and how they want.

Think about how many teenagers became adults and then spent the next few years partying and running around, just because they could do it. Later they start to settle down and remember the words of their parents and realize how wise they were.

As an adult believer in Jesus, you must also be disciplined at times by your Father. There are times you make bad choices and go down a path God does not want you on. Because of God’s great love for you, He will take the time to¬†discipline you.

Just as a parent disciplines his child to keep him on the right path and bring honor to his mother, so God will do the same with you.

You will gain wisdom when you listen to God’s discipline in your life. His discipline will set you on the path for an abundant, fulfilling life.

Are you willing to accept it?

Or will you fight God, as a rebellious child?

I pray today that you will see God’s discipline in your life; that you will learn from God’s discipline; that God will reveal His great love and mercy to you; and that you will live your life for God.

Proverbs 25:21-22 How To Treat Your Enemy

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22

It is commonly thought that when an enemy does something wrong, the first thing that should be done is to strike back and make the enemy pay for the wrong that was done. The striking back is seen as a punishment. It can be just words, or a physical strike, or some other correction. Today many will take someone to court and get them put in jail or made to pay a fine or some law suit. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the mentality of many people.

The idea of the “punishment” is to make the person hurt a little for what he did. Causing pain in some way, is supposed to detour the person from ever doing it again. In this process of punishing the wrong-doers, prisons have been filled to overflowing with those who have done wrong, wars have been waged between nations or groups of people, and millions of innocent people have been hurt.

God has a different plan on how to deal with the enemy. Since you are not God, you do not have the full right to punish the enemy. You are to be like Jesus. He fed the enemy and gave the enemy water to drink. Do you think that every person who ate in the group of 5,000, fully loved and followed Him for who He was? Most likely not.

Solomon says treating an enemy with food and water will heap burning coals on his head. When shown the true love and mercy of God, the person doing wrong will feel the pressure to change. He will realize the wrong that he has been doing.

As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are to be different from the world. The world wants revenge, you must show love and mercy.

When someone has done something wrong to you, the best thing you can do is meet their needs the best way you can. Since their needs were not being met, maybe that is why they treated you wrong.

When you do these kind things, God will see and reward you. His reward will be greater than any person on this earth could give you.

How are you treating your enemies today?

I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for all; that God will strengthen you to do right to your enemy; and that God will reward you for your love and mercy on others.

Proverbs 24:17-18 Don’t Rejoice At An Enemy’s Fall

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them. Proverbs 24:17-18

Battles against the enemy is a common thing around the world. No matter where a person goes, there is some enemy in the midst and there is usually a battle going on. Some places the battle is physical and there is direct violence against each other. In most places it is a silent battle of words and quiet actions.

One thing that is common among many people is the rejoicing that occurs when the enemy has fallen or been destroyed. People will be happy when someone who is against them suddenly falls upon hard times or gets hurt badly. They feel as though it is well deserved and got what was coming to them.

Solomon said that people are not to gloat when their enemy falls. This is extreme rejoicing, acting as though they are better than the enemy and the enemy only got what they deserved.

The reason for that is that God would see that action and then begin to have mercy on the enemy and turn away His wrath.

Jesus told the disciples that they needed to love everyone, including their enemies. Rejoicing over the fall of the enemy is not showing His love at all. It is easy to look at the fall of your enemy as a good thing, but in doing so you have forgotten that God still loves that enemy.

God is not one who looks forward to destruction of the enemy. He wants all people to come to Jesus and believe in Him. God wants everyone to live forever with Him. When your enemy falls or is destroyed, they are not in the process of being able to live with Him for eternity.

Jesus said you are to pray for your enemies and do good to them. Gloating over their fall is not showing any good to them. It is not the way of God’s love.

How are you showing God’s love to your enemies today?

Is it with vengeance?

Or is it with mercy and kindness?

Seek God today on how you can have His love for your enemies.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for your enemies; that God will fill you with His love, mercy and kindness; and that you will pray blessings on your enemies, rather than curses and rejoicing in their fall.

Proverbs 21:2 Weighing The True Motive

A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. Proverbs 21:2

Making choices is something at every person does all the time. They must choose what they will do or not do, how to do it, when to do it, and why they will do it. Most will think about what they must choose and make a decision that they feel is the best one, based off of the information that they know about situation.

While doing this is often a good start to making the best decision, it does not always mean that their way is the right one. This is true even if all the right moves are made. There is one factor that many people do not always take into consideration when they are in the process of making a choice for an action. That factor is the motive for the action.

Why do people do what they do?

Why do people make the decisions that they make?

Decisions for an action are often based of selfishness. This even includes doing the right thing. Helping someone who is in need is a good thing to do. But if the purpose for helping that person is selfish, to look good to others, then it becomes the wrong action.

God is able to look at the person’s heart and determine the true reason why he is doing what he is doing. As a believer you are to do everything as unto the Lord. You are to do everything out of love for God and love for others.

In doing everything in this manner, there is no room for selfish reasons. It is not about you and how it makes you look. It is about God and meeting the needs of someone else.

Jesus did not die on the cross just to look good, He was already good and everyone knew it. He died for your sins, so that He could remove your sins. It was all about you, not Himself.

You must live your life in the same way. Ask God to search your heart and reveal what your true motives are. Good actions are not good if not done with the right motive.

What is your motive for your actions today?

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for others; that you will have the same motive for your actions as Jesus did; that God will find your heart being the same as His; and that you will do everything as Jesus would do it.