I started reading through the book of Joel and Song of Songs recently, and these last couple of days God’s been using it to really plant into my heart why it’s time for Christians to take a stand for Christ and his word.
If you’ve ever read through the book of Joel, you’ll know that it’s about the second coming of Jesus Christ.
As I read , I realized that so many things that were prophesied to happen, have been coming to pass. Earthquakes, massive fires, the Blood Moons, bodies of water drying up-and more!
Then as I read in the Song of Songs and I was incredibly struck by something.
“Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you— if you find my beloved, what will you tell him? Tell him I am faint with love. Friends: How is your beloved better than others, most beautiful of women? How is your beloved better than others,that you so charge us? She: My beloved is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand. His head is purest gold; his hair is wavy and black as a raven. His eyes are like doves by the water streams, washed in milk, mounted like jewels. His cheeks are like beds of spice yielding perfume. His lips are like lilies dripping with myrrh. His arms are rods of gold set with topaz. His body is like polished ivory decorated with sapphires. His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of pure gold. His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as its cedars. His mouth is sweetness itself; he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, this is my friend, daughters of Jerusalem.”
Song of Songs 5:8-16 (NIV)
While I was reading I was struck by how this woman basically told her friends “If you see my husband, Tell him how much I love him!” and her friends are all like “What is so special about your husband that we need to tell him such things for you?” and she proceeds to list all the things she loves about her husband. All the reasons he’s set apart from all the other men.
And this is where a question really struck my heart: Why don’t we treat God-the lover of our souls. Our creator and Savior the same way this woman treats her husband? She yearns for her husband so much that she tells her friends all the wonderful things about him. Shouldn’t we yearn and desire for God so much that we go out and tell our friends about how much we love him and how wonderful he is?
Maybe it’s because we’re just too scared to be “crucified” for what we say and believe-but guess what? So was Christ-except, he was literally crucified-not just figuratively like us.
We are in the last days-now I don’t know when Christ is going to come back-but I do know that it’s time we put aside our fears. Time to take up our cross and follow Christ with abandon. To fall so in love with Christ and all that he is that we yearn to tell people about his love, mercy and saving grace.
It’s time to take a stand for our beliefs. It may not be the popular thing to do. It may ostracize you from your friends who think you have lost it, but in the end, they may look at you and say “You know, she didn’t back down from her beliefs just because she was treated badly for it. Maybe there’s something to what she believes,” and you’ll have the opportunity to explain why you believe as you do and lead them to Christ.
It is time for us to start living fearless and take a stand for our King and The truth.