“Oh that you were as my brother, who sucked the breasts of my mother! When I should find you outside, I would kiss you. Yes and none would despise me. I would lead you and bring you into my mother’s house, who would instruct me. I would cause you to drink of spiced wine, of the juice of my pomegranate. His left hand under my head and his right hand embraces me.” vs1-3
Even when He’s not near, we know that He loves us. This is the inheritance of the saints, and it’s unconquerable, as we learn to believe against unbelief and battle our fears by Christ crucified. We’re not forsaken, even though we feel like it, because God’s promise is sure. Someone said that God must cease to be, if He fails, and He surely won’t.
Everyone who believes has eternal life, so take your riches amidst your adversity, and know that He’s near though you deserve His departure. He’s with you, though you don’t feel it. We are like Jacob who said, “Surely, the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not (Gen 28:16).” He always loved Jacob, so we can boldly say, “He’ll always live me too.” Overcome adversity by the gospel, and receive His nearness by faith. The Lord is with you like a strong man in battle, with all power, and He’s your Friend.
The believer’s been adopted into the inheritance, not by human will power but by grace. He’s not held by our merit, but by faith in Him. Thus, the vilest sinner is accepted immediately by faith. The believer is a full partaker of what was given freely. We didn’t earn it, nor do we keep its experienced goodness, except by repentance. Turn to the Lord, and He’ll return to you. Believe, and you’ll see the glory (John 11:40).
Many are tossed to and fro with despondency. They see their faults and not the Savior. Saying, “I’ve blown it”, like Peter, until “Peace be upon you” comes in power (John 20:19). They put many things in the way of mercy and think reconciled fullness is to good to be true! The gospel wagons come, however, and we see, “It is enough”. “Then Israel said, ‘Enough! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go to see him before I die (Gen 45:28).’” Joseph ascended the throne, and we have proof that He’s mindful of us. “Let not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream!” It’s enough that He’s suffered, and reconciliation makes us live for Him.
Don’t judge by sight, but faith. Preach through open doors, taking the low seat of meekness and gentleness. He saved you and will use you, the measly loaf and sardine to feed His multitude (Mark 6:37). He takes LITTLE and makes a lot, so BE LESS THAN NOTHING, the least of all saints, and trust Him in ministry. Judge not by feeble sense! Make no additions by human anger and force, but trust Him to work as promised. Only He saves and is good.
Often, she lost Him in Song of Solomon, but there’s no panic here! She wants Him WHILE she has Him! Let this be us: “I need more, but I have all. Come near, You who are in my heart already.”