Devotional: ‘Rise My Love and Come Away’

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Song of Solomon 2:10 My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. 11 For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. 12 The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove Is heard in our land. NKJV

The Song of Solomon is an amazing portion of scripture. Many believe that it has both a physical, as well as a spiritual application.

Physically speaking, it is a love story between a king and a servant girl. Though the young woman cannot believe that the king would love her, he pursues her with a passion. Eventually they become husband and wife and their love relationship is described in such a way that it can cause some to blush.

But many also believe that it has a spiritual application as well. Many see it as an allegory describing the love between Jesus Christ and His church. If so, consider what our Lord says to His saints – “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth…” In other words, it is time for us to enjoy the blessings of our relationship with Him.

The Song of Solomon is a beautiful love story. But imagine for a moment what would have happened if the Shulamite woman had refused to listen to the voice of her lover? What is she had said no to his invitation? Then they would not have enjoyed the beauty of their relationship. Though there was love for each other, their love would never have blossomed.

I remember many years ago when it snowed 16” during the month of April. The trees were already beginning to bear young leaves and at one point I thought – “What if this snow freezes out all the foliage and the trees remain leafless all summer?” How horrible that would be. Fortunately it didn’t happen. Though winter landed a mighty blow, springtime won out. In a matter of days the snow melted away and it looked like springtime once again.

Now consider what Paul says to us about experiencing springtime in our souls.

Ephesians 4:22 … put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind…

What if we will not put off the winter from our souls? What if we will not let go of our cold bitterness and deadness of spirit? We will not experience spring. We will not see the flowers blooming again nor hear the sweet songs of the turtledoves. We will not enjoy our love relationship with our Savior.

“Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. For lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come…” Christ is calling to each of us to leave the winter of sin and to enjoy the springtime of His righteousness.

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