Song of Solomon 8:6
Set me as a seal upon thy heart, As a seal upon thine arm: For love is strong as death; Jealousy is cruel as Sheol; The flashes thereof are flashes of fire, A very flame of Jehovah.
I love this word and it has become very very big in my walk with the Lord. It came to me years back and it stays with me continually. I’m glad to know I’m sealed. I studied on it and listened closely to elders as they had studied on it. As i did this the one thing I noted is that it says the seal is to be on the heart AND on the arm..I’m pretty sure that means that it’s what we feel in the heart and what we actually do. As I’ve thought on this, I thought also on how Paul taught us about the difficulty we experience in setting out to do the good we will to do.. But I also remembered that Paul testified that through the Lord Jesus Christ he was delivered from His inability to obey. And He also delivered many others. I’m glad to say that I know that Father God doesn’t tell us to do things that can’t be done. And over the years as I’ve sought truth I’ve realized that there is only one way to obey. Father God Himself has to be our one source. The knowledge of Him and His presence in our lives equips us to obey. And today, as I was thinking on growing up in Him, I saw this wise word..
“Always keep in contact with those books and those people that enlarge your horizon and make it possible for you to stretch yourself mentally.” –Oswald Chambers
I saw how books and people seem to be the necessary thing for the enlargings and stretchings I need. Praise God! That was a word for me, because I know that I’m desperately needy of enlarged horizons and mental stretching..I only have a seventh grade education and the knowledge of language and literature that I possess will fill a thimble compared to many I know and love…I’m way behind in many ways… I sense a calling to write in a new and deeper way and I know I need to stretch and grow up a lot to be of any great use to the Lord in that field..I do truly need the fellowship in love with the mature.
It’s great to know that beyond the blue horizon waits a beautiful day. As I think on the new I’m made aware that reaching for the new in the eternal requires that we say goodbye to some old things. Meaningless meanderings and mediocre pursuits…I know that’s a heavenly goal, but I’m not sure how to do that from day to day. Who can understand the error of his own ways? I’m clueless as to what that might call for. It could mean that what might be rich fare and blessing for some is meaningless for the calling and anointing of another. And I know the simple life I live and am so contented with might seem dull and mediocre to many others…But I’ve come to a place in which the low life my mind is capable of is mediocre to me. I know what we all must do is learn what our part is and then to do it.
I’m so thankful for the brethren in the Lord I’m associated with. Still, I know that Father God deals with different people in different ways in order to deposit the secret of his plans into their hearts. And I’m sure we all know that we’re all responsible for learning how to walk in sincere love and harmonious relationships with others who see things differently. Or others who are in a different level of maturity…We need miles and miles of heart ….but the good news is that we have an indwelling bottomless well of love..We have a sure and faithful guide as we are learning to will and then to do..The Holy Spirit is God’s down payment.
2 Corinthians 1:22
who also sealed us, and gave [us] the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
We must be sensitive to His leadings above all things. We just must never quench nor grieve him..
And I love to think on the truth that we are said to be stewards of the mysteries of God…But I think we all have times and seasons we go through that His priorities and purposes might be a mystery to us. I know that’s sure been true with me.. I’ve set out on adventures with Him that were mostly a mystery all the way through them. But through His mercies I held fast and trusted and He prevailed…
So, I’m learning that what we want to guard is our heart of trust and worship of our God..And our love walk….That’s what the enemy comes to destroy. And as we are pliable learners we can keep ourselves safe in our oneness with Him. His graces will sustain us as we serve with and interact with others… With open hearts hungry for truth we can learn so much from one another..
And above all I’ve learned that in order to give God glory we must be sincere worshippers…Worshippers are fire starters and when a few of them get together revival and awakenings happen. Jesus said that His Father is seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit, and in truth..In the desire of the heart and in how we demonstrate our love for Him in our daily lives….That’s the seal on the heart, and on the arm..I’m grateful to be kept safe in His seal. I’m so glad that His mercies are new every morning and great is His faithfulness!