Arise and come along
Song of Solomon 2:10-13 "My beloved spoke, and said to me: "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!"
Solomon is calling the Shulamite to awaken and enjoy the changing of the new season. He has let her sleep long enough, now she must arise! Life away from His presence has been like winter. Notice, the flowers appear, as if they had been gone. The distinctive cooing call of the turtle-dove is one of the signs of coming Spring. This is a time of new beginnings, the cold hard days of winter are now disappearing. A new and refreshing time has dawned, she must arise and come along.
Can't you see the love in this passage as Solomon calls, "His Love, His fair one." He wants her to "come away." I hear the voice of Christ in these verses calling out to His Bride, "Rise up and go forward." The Lord spoke to my heart several years ago and said, "There are dimensions and revelations in me you know nothing about, you must pursue me." We must wake up and come along, He is waiting!
Springtime is an occasion for refreshing; it is a time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings, the fragrances, colors and all that God has given us to enjoy in spring. He clothes the landscape with enchanting bursts of colors, like an artist painting a portrait on canvas.
Just like God has determined seasons for us on this planet, so does He bring about seasons and changes in our lives. It is our commitment to the Savior that allows us to meet these continuing challenges of everyday life. Our lives as believers in Christ are always a series of new beginnings. If we go to sleep spiritually we will miss out on what God is saying in every season of our life.
We must be ready for our roots to go deeper as growth comes with each new season. The Lord specializes in roots. We are often more interested in fruit, but God is also watching over the roots. A gardener will tell you that if plants have a good root system they will flourish and grow. However, if the plant does not have absorption of water and good nutrients it is not likely to germinate and reach its full growth.
If we have the Holy Spirit flowing in and through us, it will bring deeper levels of enlightenment and growth. The Power of the Holy Spirit sets us free to live in victory in the Kingdom of God. Kingdom living will cause us to boldly declare, "Whatever season we are in, whether it is fall, winter, summer, or spring, we can go through each change with assurance that God is in every season." We can allow the fragrance of His tenderness to be a sweet smell. He wants us to grow up and be prepared as a "Bride adorned for her husband." Therefore be ready for some good changes in the days ahead. It is a new season. Awaken and come along!
Jesus is Coming Back.
I believe at this moment in time we had better wake up to the fact that Jesus is preparing for His return. Stay attentive to His voice through His Word and fulfill the destiny He has ordained for you. We must stay alert and keep our hearts awake. God's alarm has been sounding and yet some of us appear to be in a deep sleep like the Shulamite. It is as if we have been lulled to sleep by a pill called "materialism." We must not allow the enemy of our soul to steal our time, when time is running out! The Spirit is saying, "Wake up, my Love, and come along."
"So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you."
Romans 13:11 "And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed."
Take a quiet time break and allow the Holy Spirit to speak.
1. What are some good changes that have taken place in you this week?
2. What have you learned from some of your recent changes?
3. What is the Holy Spirit saying to you right now?
4. Are you ready for a new beginning?
5. Are you prepared for the greatest change of all times, the returning of the Lord?