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DAY 13 - WHEN LOVE IS TESTED

LEARN ABOUT THE CAPTIVATE JOURNAL

TO ENHANCE YOUR FAST


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Read the Bible verses related to each devotion.

  2. Then follow the actions and prayers for yourself and a nonbeliever at the bottom of the page.

READ Song of Solomon 2



A friend of mine is getting married in a few weeks, and it is going to be a perfect wedding. This young man is absolutely amazing. He is truly a sign and a wonder of God’s redemptive mercy and grace. He grew up in a hard situation, fatherless, and essentially raised by his grandparents. They ran a small rural black church, where his grandma was the preacher. If you don’t know anything about this kind of church, then let me tell you a few things. First, you can’t get away with anything in a small-town church. Second, you have to stay extra long all the time; you are the first to arrive and the last to leave a service that really doesn’t have any official start or end time. Third, you learn to pray. More out of necessity than anything. Last, you have to learn to play some type of instrument, which he did. And man can he sing. Oh, and by the way his first kiss will be at the wedding. (Yeah, he is that kind of guy.) I know that he will make a great husband, and she will make a great wife.

The girl he is marrying is equally a saint. She is pretty, smart, can sing like an angel, and has a heart of deep tender love for Jesus. I have prayed with her for hours at a time and her intense desire to search and find Jesus is evident. Her songwriting ability is unmatched, and her compassion for people warms your heart and makes you smile. So then, let’s talk about what will happen on their honeymoon.

They have been graciously gifted a place to stay for a week. I asked him what they would do in their spare time. He talked about the pool, walks, and lunch by the river’s edge. Of course, they will undoubtedly sleep in. This is the privilege of every newly married couple. There will be late-night dinners with nowhere in particular to go and conversations that are worthy of a Hollywood movie. And there will not be any friends stopping by. So, they will just have time to themselves. What do you think will happen on the last morning?

I assume when they get up, they won’t be able to sleep as late, because they will have to be out of the hotel before check out time. They may shower, pack up, load the car, and go get breakfast. Probably in a local coffee shop with a unique breakfast twist. Definitely something out of the ordinary. Then they will begin to make their way home and come into their new apartment. This will be the first time they enter the home as a married couple (he might carry her over the threshold). Most likely, a friend will have gotten them a gift, left it in their apartment, and they will talk about it. Next, they will slowly make and eat dinner, and then go to bed. What will my friend do the next morning?

Let me ask you a question. What would his new wife think if he showed up the next morning with his bags packed, wearing army fatigues, carrying a gun, with an intensely serious look in his eyes? How would she respond? I assume she would freak out, and wonder what happened to her gentle, loving, newfound husband. Imagine if he then explained to her that there was a distant war he had to go to. A war against some really evil people. And then he pops the big question. Will you leave all this to go to war with me? And this is where we pick up the story of the Shulamite and King Solomon.

Read Song of Solomon 2:8-14