Pastor Tim Romero
Song of Solomon 5:6-7
Song of Solomon 5:6–7 (ESV): "6 I opened to my beloved, but my beloved had turned and gone. My soul failed me when he spoke. I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. 7 The watchmen found me as they went about in the city; they beat me, they bruised me, they took away my veil, those watchmen of the walls."
All relationships require dedication and hard work. You can expect your love to grow cold for your beloved if you don't continually cultivate and care for it.
Solomon wrote at least 1005 worship songs to God (1 Kg 4:3). This is what many call his song of songs! He also spent many of his years disenchanted with God. This song speaks of how easy it is to become this way if one is not constantly working on their relationships. In particular, this book is describing the love of a man and women but it most certainly illustrates the intention and passion we ought to have in our relationship with God. After all, marriage is a picture of our relationship with Christ. Here we find the bride dreaming about seeking her bridegroom and he is nowhere to be found because she has rejected him in the past. The watchmen mistreated her because they too have missed the point of their calling.
Understanding that love is the mode in which we are to live out life is crucial to our success in every relationship. The husband/wife relationship, or any relationship for that matter, is incredibly fragile. Don't take it for granted. You must pour yourself into relationship if you want to have a flourishing relationship. If you blow it, be quick to confess and repent. Don't assume the person will get over it. Many a relationship have been incredibly harmed by an unwillingness to admit your faults. Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger (Jm 1:19).
Don't take your relationships for granted. Maybe a confession is in order or perhaps even a burying of the hatchet. Don't wait, you're not guaranteed tomorrow. If your relationship with God isn't right and you've been mistreated by the overseers in the church don't let that stop you from coming back to Him. Give yourself over to the Lord. He died to make you right with Him. Amen?
Father, thank You for being so persistent and consistent with us. May we in turn pour ourselves into our relationship with You first and then with everyone else. Let us never grow weary in the giving of ourselves to our spouse and other relationships. Keep our heart clean and passionate and moving towards You always in Jesus' name, amen.