“The Object of Desire”

 


“Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”

John 1:48

 


Happy Valentines Day! Oh to be desired, oh to be the apple of another’s eye! If you only knew, I mean really knew, loved one, that there is one who adores you, whose eye is on you constantly, whose heart is for you always, and even when you aren’t aware, He is. Oh to be loved… welcome to paradise where dreams really do come true.

Reading from the Song of Songs something that stands out to me is how the Shulamite saw herself. In chapter one of the Song of Songs, the Shulamite with whom Solomon is in love doesn’t see the beauty she possess. But, oh how the beloved does see in her what she can’t see in herself. He sees her beauty physically and as well, he sees the beauty of her soul too. I love how vividly the beloved addresses his love here in the Song of Songs, and how the Shulaite then responds in kind.

From the beloved’s words you can almost hear him say to the Shulamite, “I wish you could see yourself through my eyes” and then he spends a great deal of time and energy making sure she knows just how he feels about her. Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived and he knew women need to know that they are beautiful. Women need to hear words, all different kind of words that expose and express their beauty. Sure, women like to hear they are beautiful but they need to know why they are beautiful too. When a woman knows she is loved she comes alive. For that fact, men do too!

Ephesians 5 reminds husbands of the privilege they have to wash their wives with their words and especially to wash their wives with God’s Word. Another reminder that words are powerful tools and when they are used positively to build up they can be life changing when they are received. Isn’t it amazing to know that when you and I believe God’s Word about us, that it literally transforms us? Talk about coming alive! God notices you, loved one, and God make’s sure you and I know He is focused in on our lives each and every day as we seek Him. There isn’t a day that goes by when God doesn’t desire to speak to you. All you have to do to hear your beloved’s voice is open up your heart to Him and open up your bible and let Him speak.

Do you need comfort, turn to God and read the 23 Psalm, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”. Do you need strength today, run to Jesus and meditate on Psalm 18:2, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold”. Do you need to know you matter to God, read John 3:16 and Jeremiah 29:11? How about loved? If so, read Song of Songs 6:3 “I am my beloved’s, And my beloved is mine”, and most of all read Deuteronomy 32:10 which puts it all into perspective with regard to God’s desire for you and me. “He found him in a desert land and in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.”

If you belong to Jesus, God has His eye on you, and He watches over you and me each day through the eyes of love. We are the bride of Christ, and He fulfilling the role of the husband who sacrificially gave His life for us, His bride. There is nothing more the Lord wants than for you and I know we belong to Him. He created us, He made us, and for His own will and for His own good pleasure we exist. You are loved, you are treasured, you are adored and if you simply allow your mind to take you there, you will experience the glory of God, which is man (or woman) being fully alive. Come alive today, loved one, let the Words of life overflow you. Come to Jesus and allow Him to speak the words of life to you this Valentine’s Day.


“The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:“ Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

Jeremiah 31:3

 

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Sunday, 17 December 2017