May 8, 2024

Draw me after you and let’s run together!
The king has brought me into his chambers. Song of Solomon 1:4

1. DRAWN TO GOD. Song of Solomon is a fascinating book in the Bible about a love story that parallels with both romantic love and the relationship we can have with God. It reminds us that the center of our whole lives has to do with relationship. God cares about us, has chosen to include us in His purposes, and has invited us to have a relationship with Him. 
2. MAKE TIME TO SPEND WITH GOD. When asked, Jesus said that the number one priority is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). My wife and I have had all kinds of responsibilities through our decades-long marriage, and early on we learned that it was important to find a window of time just to be people together and let our relationship get out of autopilot and back down into some depth. In order to focus on each other, we routinely go out together, set our phones aside, and sow into our relationship: talking, listening, laughing. God desires these same kind of moments with us. If you have gotten distracted or busy, let this be your invitation to draw near to God. Deep is calling to deep (Psalm 42:7) 
3. A RELATIONSHIP FOR ETERNITY. Western civilization has veered away from the contemplative life, but there is an appeal in the scriptures to find our way back to this. We are invited into a relationship with God – not with a bunch of performance and external superficiality – but a vibrant, ongoing, ever-growing relationship with our Father, which will extend even after we go into eternity. There is life after death, and eternal life with God outside of the time-space realm will be very rewarding. We might as well start to practice here on earth by acknowledging Him in all our ways and letting Him direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6). We can put our hope in God, but more importantly, go deep with Him, do life with Him, and make Him our priority every step of the way. 

The nearness of God is my good. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be moved. Draw me after You, God, and let’s run together! (Psalm 73:28; Psalm 16:8; Song of Solomon 1:4)

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry

draw, verb
To cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance: pull. To cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading).

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