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Rise Up, My Love (267): Faithful Husbands and Faithful Wives

Song of Solomon 8:6 “Set me as a seal upon thine heart…” This seems to be clearly a continuation of the bridegroom’s thoughts, and yet, I’ve read wonderful sermons on this verse as if it is the wife desiring her husband’s constancy. On the human level, probably every woman on earth can identify with and echo such a heart cry for her husband to love only her among all women… with all his heart and strength…until death parts them.

But, in The Song of Solomon, which also teaches the mysteries of Christ and the church, it is not the wife making this heartfelt supplication; it is the husband. Why? Because, from Scripture we know that Christ is perfectly immutable in his love for his bride! His heart and arm are already sealed! In Isaiah 49:16, the Lord declares: “I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.” We are not only as a seal on his heart, we are carved into his hands!

Those of us who have dived into the depths of Jesus’ love and found we could not begin to find the bottom or edges of it, may cry out for his arm to help us, but we cannot doubt his love. If your circumstances are so painful, or if you have strayed so far away, that you find yourself doubting His love, meditate on Romans 8:35-39: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (By the way, beloved, we are included in that “any other creature.” No one can pluck us out of our Father’s hand [John 10:29]…nor can we jump out ourselves. We cannot even separate ourselves from the love and power of God!) His love is unfathomable and incomprehensible!

Oh Lord, draw us nearer; hold us closer; hide us deeper; teach us to rest more completely… Here is a tiny poem by an anonymous author that is such a comfort: “The stars may shine for a million years, for a million years and a day, But Christ and I shall live and love when the stars have passed away!”   No, we do not need to cry out to Jesus to set us as a seal upon his heart and arm. Our hearts may cry out for such faithfulness in our husbands…and oh, that husbands could be so like Christ that we would have no cause to doubt their love! I believe that it is only a rare and deeply twisted woman who would ever leave her husband if he loved her with steadfast faithfulness… because I truly believe that a woman’s deepest need is for the security and comfort of an unfailing, godly love as described in I Corinthians 13.

However, let’s go on to consider what the passage is primarily teaching. This verse records the cry of Jesus (and husbands) for their wives to be faithful!! It is a sad commentary on women indeed to have penned into the eternal Scriptures King Solomon’s lament, “One man among a thousand have I found: but a woman among all those have I not found” (Ecclesiastes 7:28). What was he looking for? Uprightness? Faithfulness? I’m not sure.

I’ve been tempted to think that he couldn’t find one woman in a thousand who was truly faithful and upright with him because he had a thousand women instead of only one. If he’d had only one wife (which is what God specifically commanded for kings [and is his intention for all of us from the beginning of creation]), perhaps she would have been loyal to him! …or is that just my feminine prejudice coming out?

Sadly, my King Jesus is totally loyal and upright with me, and I have failed him repeatedly, so doubtless we as a group of women would still struggle to be faithful even if our husbands were perfect. But, let’s consider the plea and be inspired to rally to the greatness of loyalty to our husbands!

What Really Awakens the Force? Star Wars or War Room

WarRoomMoviePosterDid you see any great movies over the holidays that you can recommend for the rest of us? I know most of the world held its breath waiting for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but I was waiting with baited breath to see War Room. I’ve heard mixed reports on Star Wars: Everyone agrees that it’s fun and a rush for cult fans, but apparently Harrison Ford made everybody else’s acting seem shallow, and the plot writers failed to take the risks needed to develop fresh, exciting plot lines. I’d really love to hear your thoughts too, though, since I’m still waiting for it to come out on video. War Room Being Bold because of prayerHave you seen War Room? It’s the Kendrick brother’s fifth Christian drama film project, and although it didn’t get any rave reviews from the critics, it was actually a success in the box office too (not a Goliath, but a David) and has become a sleeper hit. To Win the Fight War RoomUnlike Star Wars, which is a movie meant to entertain, War Room is a movie meant to inspire us to seek  tactical advice and aid from God through prayer before going into combat against the dark force. War Room Beth Moore QuoteIf you’ve seen The Force Awakens, think about watching War Room, which models some sweet insights into how to awaken the Light Force (who is God Almighty, the greatest force in the universe) to help us be more than conquerors in our our personal battles against the dark forces without and within.

War Room Miss ClaraGod is the master of creativity, and he can write fresh, exciting plot lines
into our lives every day if we’re willing to take the risks! War Room Matthew 6.6Also, I don’t know if we can pull off acting like Harrison Ford,
but each of us can be a hero in our own story.  🙂War Room Shirer Quote“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).War Room. Keep Jesus In“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37, but the whole passage of Romans 8:33-39 is great!)