“Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field. Let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards. Let us see whether the vine has budded, its blossom is open, the pomegranates are in flower. There I will give you my love.” vs11-12
There is a place where we give Jesus our love, and it is called the place of fruitfulness. Here, in obedience to His command to believe the gospel, here in love to our neighbor, He meets with us, and we delight to meet with Him. We cannot meet Him in unbelief: it must be faith. “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him (Heb 11:6).” We cannot meet Him in self-righteous head knowledge, but it must be love poured out to the brethren. Here, He will meet with us, and we’ll enjoy His presence.
I learned something yesterday about prayer that helps me drastically. 1 John 5:14-15, “Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.” We don’t have to feel it, only believe it! I don’t have to have a burning passion in my heart, or works of my own, and I can be confident, that because I BELIEVE GOD, He hears me just as clearly as if we were in the room together, which we are. Brethren, He’s not in a far off place, but He’s with us, if we pray in His name. Bring no emotions, no works of merit, and nothing of your own, but be heard because of His name and His promise to hear all that call upon Him.
This liberates us from working something up or from doubting because we don’t feel! We can go to the Throne and get the mercy that we need (Heb 4:16). We cannot pray for our own wills, but as we submit to Him in obedient faith, then He will hear us and enable us to do His commands. Do not be doubtful but believing.
Brothers, you can meet with Christ because He comes where you are. Faith doesn’t activate God because He’s active already, working to make you will and do His good pleasure. Faith, however, is how God works. The man in Mark 5 was told, “Only believe”, and then Jesus raised His daughter from the dead. Brothers, you only believe, and the Lord will work sanctification in you, He will give you joy and peace, and He will fulfill His promises with power. Do not be afraid, dear one; it is enough to only believe.
The gospel makes us fit to commune with God; it declares what Christ has done to make us worthy, what He has done to JUSTIFY GOD, and it promises that He will receive us. Be sure that you love God by faith, and you love your neighbor, and come to Him boldly for Him to come down to you. Add nothing to faith, but receive your blessings as promised. Believe, in spite of your unbelief!