Strengthen Me and Comfort Me

The Song of Solomon 2:5, “Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.”

During the time when Sister Jennifer and I were dating, I remember a time working with my dad and him seeing me stare off into space thinking about her. My daddy said, “Boy, you’ve got it bad, don’t you?” What was he saying? He was saying that I was love sick. I loved Sister Jennifer and I thought about her all the time when we were apart.

During the time, before we were married, Sister Jennifer and I would talk on the telephone a lot. We had a set time every evening when one of us would call the other. My heart longed to be close to her and the telephone conversation would help me to think about the day when we would be together as husband and wife. Those long telephone conversations strengthened my patience as I waited for the day of our marriage. We would also visit one another by dating. Those dates were precious times for me. Just being close to Sister Jennifer made my heart melt. As many of you can guess, I would talk about Sister Jennifer a lot when I was with my family and friends. Somehow, I felt closer to Sister Jennifer when I talked about her.

In our study verse, we read the words of the Shulamite. She’s in love with Solomon. As my daddy said, “she had it bad.” She was love sick and wanted to be with her beloved Solomon. To comfort her and strengthen her patience until the day they would be together, she asked him to give her the fruits of his vineyards.

Dear child of grace, are you love sick for your Beloved Jesus Christ? There is a day coming when we will all be together in heaven. John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” Until then, we should ask Him daily to strengthen our patience, hope and faith with the fruit of His vineyard. We can be strengthened by talking to Him (prayer and reading His Word); we can be strengthened by being at His House on Sunday morning; and we can be strengthened by spending time with other children of God who have the same longing desire. Dear Lord, please strengthen me and comfort me until the day we are together forever.

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