Studying Song of Solomon gives tremendous insight into God’s ways and the process He takes us through to bring us to maturity. Understanding the process can help us to cooperate with Him, rather than resist as Israel did during their forty year wilderness wanderings. By His grace, we can embrace the process and accelerate our growth rather than prolong it, and who doesn’t want that?
The first thing we see is the maiden’s heart, awakened to her need and desire for more of God’s love. A hunger has stirred within her to hear His Word, His voice, and her response is to ask – “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine.” (1:2) Jesus said that the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Matt. 12:34) God’s heart is full of love, so His mouth speaks words of love and affirmation to His beloved children. His words are powerful, able to create something from nothing, and have the power to transform our hearts and lives.
In Matthew 4:4, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 when He said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Isaiah spoke God’s words saying, “Give ear and come to Me; listen, that you may live.” We were created in such a way that we MUST hear the voice of God. Our lives depend on it! Jesus said His sheep knew His voice and didn’t listen to the voice of a stranger. (John 10:27) In order to hear Him, we must make time and be willing to listen.
God created us for a love relationship, which includes sharing the deepest things of the heart. Any relationship requires communication in order to work – who would want to be involved with someone who only talked all the time and never listened? He has given us everything we need in order to communicate with Him, even though we can’t see Him – He put His Spirit within us to help us, to remind us of what He has said, and to guide us into all truth. (John 14:16, 26) We all have the same amount of time every day, and we always make time for the things that are important to us. Like the Shulamite maiden, we too can ask Him to speak to us, as long as we are willing to listen.
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