Wednesday – June 19, 2024

Song of Solomon 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1

by Faith Brady

Whew…this is making me blush!☺️.  The thing I love about this is that we know Solomon had more wives and concubines than we can imagine.  Yet, this Shulamite wife says “This is my beloved and this is my friend,” 5:16. Kelly and I were friends long before we dated.  He is my best friend now.  There is so much to a relationship.  Being friends is very important.

Yes, you are attracted to your spouse (looks change), yes you are to respect your spouse, yes you are to be faithful to your spouse.  All these things are pretty easy to do when you are friends.  I often compare a relationship with God to be like a marriage relationship.  When you first were introduced you didn’t know each other very well, then you spent more time with him and began to have feelings, then as you spent more time and got to know him more you couldn’t imagine your life without him.  So you accepted his gift, gave your heart over to him and promised to spend the rest of your life loving and growing and serving him.  Now what if you stopped talking to him?  Only once a week when there are lots of people around?  Maybe you only showed you loved him on special days like anniversaries?  What if life came between you both and you found yourself looking elsewhere for that feeling you had when you first fell in love?  Not much of a marriage right?

But I wasn’t talking about a marriage I was talking about your relationship with God.  We can’t have a marriage where we only speak or acknowledge one another once a week.  Neither can we have a relationship with God if we only speak to him or acknowledge him once a week.  Revelation 2:4 says “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”  It doesn’t say that the love just burned out or that you lost the love you first had.  It say “you abandoned” it!  Left it without caring for its needs.  Don’t abandon your love for God and it makes it a whole lot harder to abandon your love for your spouse. 💕