I still can’t believe i’m done with exams! I know i promised to publish an entry about my experiences as a Nigerian student studying in the UK; sadly there’s hardly been any time. I intend to do it sometime soon 🙂 I believe one of the greatest hindrances to a life of freedom, contentment and joy is busyness and anxiety. They creep up on every man before he even knows it. Life is a vapor, fading fast.
One of my favorite people in the Bible(I’m sure you’ll be able to tell if you read my blog) is Mary of Bethany, John the Beloved, David. They lived simple lives of contemplation on the beauty of God. It says that a gentle and quiet spirit is incorruptible in beauty and precious in God’s eyes(1 Peter 2:4). I don’t believe its a personality thing. You can be an extrovert, and cultivate that gentle and quiet spirit.
For me what i needed after all those rigors of the past few weeks was some time in the Song of Solomon. By the way, if you want to understand the allegorical interpretation of Song of Songs you can look at http://mikebickle.org/resources/series/encountering-jesus-in-the-song-of-solomon. I needed this, we all need this.
‘Like a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters’(Song 2:1). First of all, i love poetry and the language used. However, if this is really Jesus talking about us it changes everything. I kept wrestling with this- it can’t be true that He sees us this way, perhaps. The human spirit is very prone to rejection and condemnation and confidence in the love of God takes time. Quoting Mike Bickle,
‘The King saw her like a pure lily among the thorns of a fallen and sinful world.
Thorns speak of sin; they came as the result of Adam’s fall (Gen. 3:17-18; Heb. 6:7-8).
17To Adam He said, “…cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it…
18Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you…” (Gen. 3:17-18)’
He goes on to say, ‘Jesus awaits the Bride—the great prize of
all the ages. The affections of the human heart are a most precious possession to Him; this is
what He deeply desires. He died to redeem and, thus, fully possess human affections.’
I dare you to take time out and ask God if He really feels this way. I believe this is what Holiness is, or the beauty of Holiness as described in the Bible. Holiness was never intended to be dull drudgery, but living fascinated in the pleasures of loving God. Again, He invites the rich, the poor, the lonely, the abandoned and all the scum of the earth. Everyone is invited to the wedding- to be equally yoked with Jesus forever.
We’re invited to have access to His affections for us, to have access to His authority and power. Our longing to be loved fulfilled ultimately by encountering the vast ocean of His love and our longing for impact and to be great fulfilled ultimately when we inherit all the wealth and glory of the nations with Him and sit and rule with Him forever from Jerusalem. When we understand this, we can’t help but love Him with our time, our money, our speech, our affections, minds, personalities, our talents. We just give it all away. And we wouldn’t see ourselves as so noble and devout, afterall this was what He did. He left all the glory and wealth of being the Eternal Uncreated Son in unbroken fellowship with His Father, put on human flesh and expressed His love in the most radical way possible. He knew if He did this, He would have to be a Man forever, but He still did. Jesus’ incarnation and death are the most radical ways He could ever express how He feels about weak and broken human beings.
(mikebickle.org is an awesome website that has helped me greatly and may be helpful to you if you want to understand who Jesus is as the Bridegroom God, King of the Nations, and Righteous Judge)