Thursday, 7 January 2016

Song of Songs 30 Day Retreat: Day 7

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (Retreat Day 7 of 30)

Day 7
16 My beloved is mine and I am his;
    he pastures his flock among the lilies.
17 Until the day breathes
    and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
    or a young stag on the cleft mountains.[a]

The Lover calls the Beloved to come away with Him, but she refuses. She turns Him away, telling Him to come back when the night has passed and the morning breaks. SS 2:17

Why does she do that? At the beginning of the verse she acknowledges their mutual love. 'My Lover is mine and I am His.' SS 2:16

Perhaps the Beloved still felt unworthy to be with the King. Perhaps if she just had a little more time, she might feel ready.

In the darkest moments of our life we too may feel unworthy of His love, and push Him away.

Like a gazelle or a young stag her Lover turned away, retreating to the cleft of the hills.SS 2:17 He doesn’t retract His invitation. He doesn’t reject her. He goes away and waits.

Jesus invites us to follow Him, but He doesn’t force us.

22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money[a] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 23 But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very rich. Luke 18:22-23

Do we cling to riches? They may be less tangible than material wealth. Do we refuse to give up a few moments of our time to sit in prayer, or attend church regularly? 

Do we refuse to let go of our animosity towards someone? Do we have unconfessed sin that fills us with shame? Is there an aspect of our lifestyle that we know is not in God's order?

Let us sit in silence and ask the Lord to show us the riches that impede us from following Him.

Read the scripture slowly.
Reflect on its meaning for you. 
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.