Easter 5-Day Devotion - Day One
Song of Songs 1:6-14 (The Passion Translation)
6 Please don’t stare in scorn
because of my dark and sinful ways.
My angry brothers quarreled with me
and appointed me guardian of their ministry vineyards,
yet I’ve not tended my vineyard within.
7 Won’t you tell me, lover of my soul,
where do you feed your flock?
Where do you lead your beloved ones
to rest in the heat of the day?
For I wish to be wrapped all around you
as I wander among the flocks of your shepherds.
It is you I long for, with no veil between us!
8 Listen, my radiant one—
if you ever lose sight of me,
just follow in my footsteps where I lead my lovers.
Come with your burdens and cares.
Come to the place near the sanctuary of my shepherds.
9 My dearest one,
let me tell you how I see you—
you are so thrilling to me.
To gaze upon you is like looking
at one of Pharaoh’s finest horses—
a strong, regal steed pulling his royal chariot.
10 Your tender cheeks are aglow—
your earrings and gem-laden necklaces
set them ablaze.
11 We will enhance your beauty,
encircling you with our golden reins of love.
You will be marked with our redeeming grace.
12 As the king surrounded me at his table,
the sweet fragrance of my praise perfume
awakened the night.
13 A sachet of myrrh is my lover,
like a tied-up bundle of myrrh resting over my heart.
14 He is like a bouquet of henna blossoms—
henna plucked near the vines at the fountain of the Lamb.
I will hold him and never let him part.
All of us can agree that when someone does something wrong, they need to experience the consequences of their decision.
When we encounter Jesus, we come to Him broken, dark and sinful. We need a Savior.
We were created to have communion with God. God made us in His likeness so we could be in relationship with Him. We messed that up. We sinned. We gave our place of authority to the enemy. But God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to pay for our "consequences" so we wouldn't have to. Ultimately, He wanted us back and was willing to trade whatever He had to trade to get us back.
Because of Jesus, we can approach God, even in our brokenness, and remove our veil of "humanity" to become the bride of a groom who calls us thrilling to Him. Jesus wants an equal. We commit to the life of exclusivity to Him because we've "married" a groom who is so enthralled with us that He dreams of simply getting a glance from our eyes. He wants to share His deepest secrets and dreams with you. He wants to write songs about you. He wants to surprise you. He wants to lavish you with the riches of who He is.
All we have to do is say "yes".
Jesus, I say yes to you. Tell me what you think of me. I'll trust you with my heart because you've trusted me with yours. Amen.
Take a couple of minutes and write down everything that is great about you. Your beauty, your kind words, your talents, etc. Then go back and read everything you wrote down and know those things are what Jesus thinks of you, and more.