The Eyes of the Shulamite

The Song of Solomon 6:5, “Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me:…”

During an engagement period between a man and woman, the anticipation of being together without any future separation is overcoming. For those of you who are married, do you remember the time when your wedding day was drawing near, and how the excitement of holding your precious bride in your arms was getting close? I remember this quite well. To be honest, I couldn’t even talk on my wedding day. Sis Jennifer did most of the talking. But I did know this, every time she looked at me with her beautiful blue eyes, I just wanted to hug her. Her looking at me turned my heart inside out. I’m confident that my little girl, Sarah Beth, has been spending a lot of time with her mama. When she wants something, she stands in front of me and opens her eyes real wide, fluttering her eyelashes quickly, before she asks <grin>.

In our study verse, Solomon is saying something similar about his precious Shulamite. When she arrived at his garden and found him, she couldn’t turn her eyes to anything else. She just stood there and continued to stare, stare and stare. She was just amazed at how this man, the polished and handsome King of Israel could love her. Solomon finally says, turn your eyes another way, if you look at me like that I’m overcome with the longing desire to hold you in my arms. He was so overcome by her eyes looking at him, he would have given her the world if it would have been his to give. Her looking at Solomon had that type of an effect on him.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, the lesson in the verse for us is amazing. The verse teaches us that our continual looking to our Precious Prince of Peace, the true King of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ, has an effect on His heart. He loves you dear child of grace. When we, with an eye of faith and hope, continually look to Him, His heart is touched.

Two times in the New Testament we find individuals who are said to have “great” faith. A centurion in Capernaum (Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10) and a woman of Canaan (Matthew 15:22-28; Mark 7:24-30). In both of these miracles we find a child of grace looking with an eye of faith to the Beloved and moving His heart to do for them. Both were Gentiles (it’s astonishing that it was two Gentiles, not Jews who were blessed with knowledge, who showed forth great faith); both believed that Jesus could do what they asked; and both received a great blessing from the Lord. Some of the most thought provoking words in the Bible are in Matthew 15:28 when Jesus spoke to the woman of Canaan, “be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”

Dear precious child of grace, are you in need? Do you have a prayer you long to have answered? The Bible teaches us to take those requests to the Lord. Fix our eyes upon Him and ask in faith. Luke 11:1-13 gives us a beautiful lesson about prayer. Verse nine reads, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Why? Because God loves you so much, your continual looking to Him touches His heart. And we should always remember, never forgetting, that the Lord is the Sovereign ruler of the universe who owns the world (Psalm 50:12).

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