Tending the lilies

“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. He browses among the lilies,”

Song of Songs 6:3

Here is a statement of belief, devotion and true love.

Surely there is no statement so secure than the fact uttered, that the woman belongs with the beloved, and the beloved belongs to her. She belong to me, He belongs to me, I belong to him. It’s a dun deal! No one can separate them, or say they are not together, even though they are not yet married. If they were to be separate, as they are now, they still belong each other. It is so romantic, yet so certain and positive.

The Beloved of our souls, also belongs to us and we to Him. Nothing can separate us or take us away from Him or His loving heart.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

John 10:27-28

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Even as it is written, “For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:35-39

Those who belong to Christ can never be snatched away. We are forever safe and sound. If we could be lost again, it would not be a great salvation and Jesus would not be a great Saviour! His promises cannot be lost or thwarted. Even before the final consummation at the heavenly marriage supper of Christ, we are as safe as ever. Just like this woman is betrothed to the beloved, so we also are betrothed to ours. Since He is the living God, He will keep us and hold us fast to Himself.

At this time, our Beloved is not with us bodily, although we do have the Holy Spirit within, to witness to us, strengthen us and teach us. But we wait patiently for that great day when we will see Him face to face and know Him, even as He knows us. Jesus has gone into heaven to prepare a place for us. He ever prays for us and never relishes His work of caring for His people.

He is browsing amount the lilies, the lilies being His people, and He is tending to their needs, and encouraging them, as they walk the difficult heavenly road in this world, as He also did. We know Jesus will be with us, because He has promised, and we know He will never leave us either, because He has promised.

Matthew 28:18-20

There is work to be done. We have friends as the woman has friends, and they are wondering about us and asking questions. We must be ready to give account, to know where our Beloved is and how He is searching out those who will come to Him. We are ready to speak of Him, even as we live for Him in all circumstances.

“But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “Don’t fear what they fear, neither be troubled.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, with humility and fear: having a good conscience; that, while you are spoken against as evildoers, they may be disappointed who curse your good way of life in Christ.”

1 Peter 3:14-16

Whatever happens to us, we are safe. God will keep us in this life as long as He intends. We don’t have to worry. When it is time to go, He will tell us, and we get to leave this sorry state of a world, and go to be with our Beloved. It’s that straight forward. We really don’t have to worry about anything. God has everything worked out in advance for the good of all His people.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

All our lives are subject to the will of God, and we must trust Him in all things, even the sins and mistakes we do, and all part of the plan. We keep ourselves pure, knowing we will fall, and yet still trusting in our Beloved, who never stops “browsing among His lilies,” and will arrange every one of them in His delightful garden, to the praise of His glory, and the uplifting of each one of them, to His throne.