Song of Solomon: God’s vision for finding love, making love, and maintaining love.
We know God cares for romantic relationships because he wrote them into the Bible on page two.
“And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
‘This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.’
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”
One of God’s greatest creations is romantic relationships; for a man and a woman to come together and enjoy life with each other. Yet when we look out into the world, there is so much brokenness in romantic relationships. Some of the greatest heartaches and pain in life come from decisions made in relationships. However, relationships can also bring some of the greatest joy and satisfaction.
God doesn’t just create romantic relationships and then leave us to figure it out. He also gives us an instruction manual for them in the Song of Solomon. The Song of Solomon exists to show us how to:
I. Find love
II. Make love
III. Maintain love
The world’s vision for love, dating, and sex always leads to brokenness.
God’s vision leads to wholeness, joy, life, and peace. It is essential to know God’s vision in order to combat the lies surrounding romance and sexuality that our culture holds as ideals.
Timothy Ateek is the Executive Director of Vertical Ministries at Baylor in Waco, TX. His series on the Song of Solomon is available here.