To whom I belong…

Read Song of Solomon 6

Focus on verse 3

We don’t often use possessive terms to describe our relationships with other people unless those people are part of our family. For instance, I might refer to my children or my wife as “belonging to me”, but that is about where it would end. Even when referring to our own family members, it can get a little awkward as the concept generally conflicts with our sense of personal autonomy. Few of us like the feeling of being “owned” by someone else.

The one exception is in a romantic relationship. There seems to be no problem with either party feeling like they belong to the other. In fact they wear it like a badge of honor.

In today’s chapter we read, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine”, a declaration of possession that is eagerly accepted by the other party.

There is another relationship where belonging is a desirable thing. It is in my relationship with Jesus Christ. It is entirely acceptable and perhaps even desirable to speak of belonging to Jesus, and of Him belonging to me. In this case, unlike the relationship with my spouse, it is not a romantic belonging, but it is clearly possessive. The Bible is rather direct about God being a jealous God in this sense. He is not content to allow us to share our passion with other gods that might compete for our attention, any more than a spouse is content to share their partner with another person. Whether they be images of wood or stone as they were in the Old Testament, or whether they be the more subtle gods of our present age; money, power, pleasure, work, sports, family, material things it does not matter what it is, if it becomes more important to us than God is, we have allowed it to usurp the position that God alone deserves. If our desire is to belong to God, we must make it our business to make Him the single most important object of our desire. We already are the single most important object of His desire, we always have been though we typically don’t realize it until He become the object of our desire.


About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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