Easter 5-Day Devotion - Day Four
Song of Songs 6:2-10 (The Passion Translation)
2 My lover has gone down
into his garden of delight,
the place where his spices grow,
to feast with those pure in heart.
I know we shall find him there.
3 He is within me—I am his garden of delight.
I have him fully and now he fully has me!
4 O my beloved, you are lovely.
When I see you in your beauty,
I see a radiant city where we will dwell as one.
More pleasing than any pleasure,
more delightful than any delight,
you have ravished my heart,
stealing away my strength to resist you.
Even hosts of angels stand in awe of you.
5 Turn your eyes from me; I can’t take it anymore!
I can’t resist the passion of these eyes that I adore.
Overpowered by a glance, my ravished heart—undone.
Held captive by your love, I am truly overcome!
For your undying devotion to me
is the most yielded sacrifice.
6 The shining of your spirit
shows how you have taken my truth
to become balanced and complete.
7 Your beautiful blushing cheeks
reveal how real your passion is for me,
even hidden behind your veil of humility.
8 I could have chosen any from among the vast multitude
of royal ones who follow me.
9 But one is my beloved dove—unrivaled in beauty,
without equal, beyond compare,
the perfect one, the favorite one.
Others see your beauty and sing of your joy.
Brides and queens chant your praise:
“How blessed is she!”
10 Look at you now—
arising as the dayspring of the dawn,
fair as the shining moon.
Bright and brilliant as the sun in all its strength.
Astonishing to behold as a majestic army
waving banners of victory.
Today is a representation of burial, or what we call "the wilderness" or "hiding". I love this passage in Song of Songs because it's exactly what happens when you commit to saying "yes" to Him, allow Him to help you kill anything hindering you from Him, move into a bridal status (marriage), and you're hidden in the place where He begins to speak identity into you.
This can be summed up in one phrase (verse 8 and 9), "I could have chosen any from among the vast multitude of royal ones who follow me. But ONE is my beloved (you)."
What you find, when you commit to the life devoted to Him, is you get hidden. A lot of times this means that for a season your influence, calling, goals, and dreams are put on hold (and sometimes even killed for good), so that He can speak into who you are, in Him. Despite what other "leaders" may say, Jesus really doesn't care about what you do, even if what you do is ministry driven. Jesus really only cares about who and who's you are. Ministry will usually manifest out of this, but it always has to start with identity.
Most people will rush this process because it feels like they aren't doing anything. That's the point though. He doesn't want you to do anything. He wants you to let Him do something in you. "Be still and know that I am God."
Jesus, I rest in you and know that you are drawing me into hiding to secure my identity. Help me submit to the process and see you in a bigger way than I ever have before. Amen.
Take a couple of minutes and write down all your life goals. Then, tear out that page (or those pages) and put it away somewhere you won't lose it. This is symbolic of you putting down all the inferior things in your life for THE superior thing (Him).
One day, when you've made the journey into the wilderness, get that page back out and your perspective of the goals you wrote down will be totally changed. This is the resurrection.