God Given Opportunities

God given opportunities

Text: Song of Solomon 5:1-8

Her internal struggle

  • Song of Solomon 5:2 I sleep, but my heart waketh:
    • Tired, but the inside is stirred.
    • Old man versus new man
  • Song of Solomon 5:2 it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh
  • Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
    • He is locked out and she doesn’t care.
  • Song of Solomon 5:2 my head is filled with dew
    • Jesus Christ has been at work while you’ve been sleeping.
    • He’s been out in the rain.

Her excuses

  • Song of Solomon 5:3 I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on?
  • Her response is that she is comfortable and doesn’t want to get up.
    • You came at a bad time.
    • Are you really going to make me get up?
  • Then she makes it his fault she’ll have to take another bath.

Her ignoring him

  • Song of Solomon 5:4
  • He attempts to get in from the outside, but you can only open from the inside.
  • She knows this isn’t right.

Her late response

  • Song of Solomon 5:5 I opened to my beloved…
  • Conviction finally gets to her, but it’s too late.
  • She has missed the opportunity.  He brought expensive gifts to give her.
    • Hands dropped with sweet smelling myrrh. Jesus Christ had brought expensive gifts with Him that you miss out on.
    • Excuses are reasons you give as to why you missed God’s blessing.

Her regret

  • Song of Solomon 5:6 I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself
  • His terms keep the filth out, ensure the future, and produce untainted joy.
    • Someone asked, Do you really think God cares how you worship Him? Is it really on His terms? Of course and you do too.  You don’t believe the child sacrifices in the Old Testament were pleasing to God do you?
    • Everyone has their limits and no one truly believes that “come and go as you please” is a doctrine of God. Worship is in spirit and in truth according to John 4:23.
  • Delayed obedience is disobedience
    • Delayed obedience will put her in the wrong place
    • Song of Solomon 5:7 the watchmen that went about the city.  The bride ends up in the city again when her groom is in the vineyard just as he invited her in 5:1.
  • Lessons not learned the first time are more expensive the second time around
    • Song of Solomon 3:1-3 The bride has already done this once and wound up in the city. Now, she is doing it again. The trouble is the second lesson will be more expensive.
    • She has lost the testimony of her marriage.

Her lost testimony

  • Song of Solomon 5:7…
  • She is some lady running around at night with a hood on, so the cops think she is a thief breaking into people’s houses.

Her lovesickness

  • Song of Solomon 5:8…
  • She goes out and tells others of her love for Christ.