My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away.
When the Lord invites us to take a leap of faith, it can sometimes feel scary. What truths can we press into in those times that we are hesitant?
The Bridegroom calls out to the Shulamite from the the mountains and the hills. With affirmation of love and identity, He beckons her to come away with Him.
The voice of Jesus calls us to rise up. He challenges the comfort zone and calls us into greater depths of obedience to Him. There are seasons of resting under the apple tree with Jesus (Verse 2:3); then there are seasons that He draws us out to take a leap of faith into the risky and the unknown. It is like when Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on the water with Jesus.
Jesus always calls us to move forward with empowerment. He speaks with affirmation and motivates our hearts with Love.
Jesus affirms our Identity. He says that we are beautiful to Him. The bridegroom calls the Shulamite beautiful, knowing full well that she will refuse Him. God knows that we are in the process of maturing in love. He sees us through the eyes of mercy, through the work of His cross. Jesus, who is the very definition of beauty, has imparted Himself into us. Therefor Peter says that within our frame is an incorruptible beauty(1 Peter 3:4). The same voice that spoke creation into being calls forth beauty from within us. God is outside of time, so He sees our redeemed selves at the end of the age; and this is what He calls forth.
Jesus draws us into greater acts of love with His love for us. We love because He first loved us; and this is the way of the journey. Love is never stagnant, but is active and always moving forward. In this age we are continually maturing in love. Jesus said that to love Him, is to obey Him. This is the way forward and the way we grow; it simple obedience. When we see His dedication to us and experience His affection; we gladly volunteer obedience.
These two truths, how God feels towards me and what He sees in me, strengthens my resolve to step out in confidence, joy, and expectancy. I bring these truths, that are found throughout the Bible, into the prayer room. I ask the Lord to impact my heart with His Word as I sing and pray it back to the Him.
Zack Roberts — zackroberts.blog
Operations Director at Ember