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Song of Songs 7:10
I belong to my lover, and his desire is for me.

The book is full of middle-eastern metaphors, but they convey things we know in our own day. The sense of belonging to Christ and His caring personally and intimately about us is precious to the Christian. No one knows us like He does, and it is in an intimacy that is almost embarrassing for us to talk about. There is joy in the secret places of our lives that we do not feel free to share with just anyone. In this it is like the intimacy of marriage at its most secret point. Thank You, Jesus, that You love us to that degree, knowing us at that level of intimacy. Thank You for inspiring Solomon with extravagant and intimate words of love. We love you and are thankful for Your love in the secret place.
Ecclesiastes 10:20
Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

The internet pretty much opens our thoughts to the world, and a casual phrase can get us into big trouble. Solomon observed this three thousand years ago, but without the internet. Word gets around if we are anti-government. A careless word can somehow reach the one we speak against. Solomon dos not speak here of what we should do with our objections to the way things are in this world. He simply reminds us of the danger we are in if we speak carelessly. And it is a good lesson to learn in the days of the internet. Lord, help us bless others in private and in public, for Jesus’ sake.
Proverbs 11:1
The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.

Tell it like it is. Let your yea be yea and your nay be nay. Speak the truth in love. Do not bear false witness. When we cut a friend a break and interpret his action as not as important as people think, and then turn to elaborate the evil of someone else doing the same thing, we are playing with dishonest scales. If it is wrong for an enemy to commit and evil act, it is just as wrong when our friend does it. When we hate being wronged by someone, we should equally hate wronging others ourselves. Lord give us honesty with one another and with ourselves. Challenge us inwardly when we let personal issues color our judgment of right and wrong. Help us be like our Lord Jesus in this, for His Name’s sake.
Psalm 52:1
Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man? Why do your boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?

Do you boast because you think you are better than God? Are you superior to God in your own eyes because you exist and you imagine that He doesn’t? Do you think that your evil deeds will never be called into account? Do you think you can beat the system, enjoy life and melt smoothly into nothingness? You are wrong on all counts, and , deep down, you know you are. God will bring every work into judgment. What a man sows, that will he reap. Your evil actions are making for yourself many enemies, and in your day of weakness you will fall before them. Your only hope is to humble yourself and seek mercy in Jesus.
He calls you today.
Job 1:22
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job is sometimes given credit for more patience than he actually had. He faced tremendous struggle with what had befallen him, and he came to wish sincerely that he had never been born. He laments his suffering and pleads with God to show him why these things must be. He sincerely wishes he had a mediator who could act as a go-between to bring some reconciliation between him and God. He is decidedly impatient with men who comfort him with words that only add to his grief. But Job did not charge God with wrongdoing. He was astonished and deeply puzzled by God’s dealing with him, but He persevered in trusting God. “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him!” Lord, give us help not to judge God as wrong, but to seek His grace.
Esther 3:1
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles.

Hindsight lets us see that this action of the king was setting Haman up for a terrible fall. It is in the place of power and influence that a man’s character is most tested. The fewer the restrictions the more free we are to be ourselves, and so to show what is really in us. Haman’s pride blossomed in such a context, his patience and kindness waned, and he pushed himself toward the brink. Lord, has the power we have today made us proud and insensitive to others? Are we being set up for a fall? Help us to see prosperity and influence as a severe trial, and look to You for help to face it. Help us, Lord Jesus.
Nehemiah 9:13
You came down on Mount Sinai; you spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and laws that are just and right, and decrees and commands that are good.

Paul can say in Romans 7, “I agree with the Law of God, that it is good, but I have a different law at work in my members, bringing me into bondage.” Such was ever the case in Israel, and the only hope was the Savior who would come. Jesus would live the perfect life we couldn’t live and die the terrible death we deserved, would rise from the dead, and would send His Spirit to quicken us, to encourage us, to empower us to live the life even the Chosen of God could never live on their own. Thank You, Lord, that You have given us even more than a perfect Law. We have a perfect Savior.
Ezra 4:5
They hired counselors to work against them and frustrate their plans during the entire reign of Cyrus king of Persia and down to the reign of Darius king of Persia.

There was organized, thoughtful, and persistent opposition to those who were striving to obey God in the rebuilding of the Temple. Somebody paid them to work against the work of God. The Devil pays someone to work against us, as well, (though the wages of sin is death). The opposition, the discouragement, the struggles we face are not bad luck. An intelligent enemy with resources has set his mind against what we are trying to accomplish. Why God permits this remains a puzzle to us, but our job is to press on. Lord, help us not to be weary in well-doing, remembering that we shall reap a reward! Your Strong hand is with us, and Your Spirit within.

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