Text: Songs 3:1-4
“She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.”
Some people find God as if He is lost. The truth is that God is not lost but we are the ones that got lost. However, He remains where He is but we can’t see Him unless we meet His conditions.
For example, a sinner can’t find God because sin separates from God. Like someone said, just like a criminal can’t find the police since He is never really looking for them, so will a sinner never find God.
Secondly, a casual seeker can’t find God. Only determined, persistent and intentional seekers find Him. Like the scriptures say, “Deep calls unto deep” (Psa 42:7 ).
In our text today, this bride, having found that she had lost her lover, sought after him. The word, “sought” was repeated twice in this passage to show the intensity with which she sought him. She didn’t leave any stone unturned in seeking after him. No one can find God who closes a part of his life for His investigation. Have you heard a statement like this, “No, my Christianity does not get to that one”? Jesus is either Lord of all or not Lord at all. “I will rise now,” I said, “And go about the city; In the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him.” (Song 3:2). Notice her urgency. “I will rise now,”! Now and not later. There is always an acceptable time to seek the Lord. One can be late in seeking after the Lord. “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6).
How many spouses have lost their lovers to strangers in the street because they sought after them too late. The prodigal son arose immediately and went to his father (Luke 15:20). He didn’t delay nor procrastinate.
This bride went to the watchmen to ask about her lover but couldn’t find him yet she didn’t get discouraged. She went further until she found Him. She could have given up and encouraged herself that she had tried. She was like the pilgrims who dug well at the valley of Baca until they made it a well (Psa 84:6).
What did she do when she found him? “…When I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go, Until I had brought him to the house of my mother, And into the chamber of her who conceived me.” (Song 3:4).
This should be the attitude of all seekers. Hold tightly to what you have lest you lose it. Treasure His presence and guard jealously against losing it again. Keep the Lord in the inner chamber of your heart and nothing else in there.
1. Father, please, help me to always treasure Your presence more than anything else in Jesus name.
2. Father, let me never be satisfied with anything outside You in Jesus name.
1. I keep away from sin because sin separates from God.
2. I am not casual about seeking after God but determined, persistent and intentional