September 12, 2015

Messy Marriage

Song of Solomon 1:1-4, 9-11
Okay, reading the Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs) still makes me giggle like a little girl. Especially when Solomon starts comparing his beloved’s hair to the hair of a goat. But the book’s presence in the Bible validates the importance of intimacy in marriage both emotionally and physically.

From courtship to marriage to the assurance of love, Song of Solomon poetically presents a broad range of events and feelings in the days leading up to and during a marriage. It offers encouragement toward an enduring love amid the petty jealousies and fears sure to threaten even the strongest of relationships. We would all do well to heed the Song’s sublime words by continuing to value marriage as one of the bedrocks of society, appreciating the goodness and the beauty borne out of the union of two people in holy matrimony.

Would you consider your marriage a sign of God’s goodness and beauty working in your life, or has it become something less than that over time? The Song of Solomon reminds us that both marriage and the physical union that follows are God’s design from start to finish.