Song of Solomon is one of those books of the bible for which I have little understanding. I heard Tommy Nelson, Pastor of Denton Bible Church, explain a lot of the imagery in the book. The thing that really strikes me is the phrase that Solomon repeats several times: Do not awaken love until the proper time. How often in our culture are people guilty of awakening love too quickly? How often do people rush into relationships based on an emotion and then flee from the relationship once the euphoria is gone? If only they waited to awaken love at the proper time. Last spring I taught a series to our students on sexuality, and I challenged them to pray for purity in their relationships. I think it's a prayer that we would all be wise to pray. God in every relationship I have, please give me purity. Help me to honor you with my actions and with my words. Help me not to awaken love until the proper time so that when that moment comes You will be glorified. Amen.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.