This was a golden name which the ancient Church in her most joyous
moments was wont to give to the Anointed of the Lord. When the time
of the singing of birds was come, and the voice of the turtle was
heard in her land, her love-note was sweeter than either, as she
sang, My beloved is mine and I am his: he feedeth among the
lilies. Ever in her song of songs doth she call him by that
delightful name, My beloved! Even in the long winter,
when idolatry had withered the garden of the Lord, her prophets
found space to lay aside the burden of the Lord for a little season,
and to say, as Esaias did, Now will I sing to my well-beloved
a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. Though the saints
had never seen his face, though as yet he was not made flesh, nor
had dwelt among us, nor had man beheld his glory, yet he was the
consolation of Israel, the hope and joy of all the chosen, the beloved
of all those who were upright before the Most High. We, in the summer
days of the Church, are also wont to speak of Christ as the best
beloved of our soul, and to feel that he is very precious, the chiefest
among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely. So true is
it that the Church loves Jesus, and claims him as her beloved, that
the apostle dares to defy the whole universe to separate her from
the love of Christ, and declares that neither persecutions, distress,
affliction, peril, or the sword have been able to do it; nay, he
joyously boasts, In all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.
O that we knew more of thee, thou ever precious one!
My sole possession is thy love;
In earth beneath, or heaven above,
I have no other store;
And though with fervent suit I pray,
And importune thee day by day,
I ask thee nothing more.
is saying.....You thought that it was all over and now you
have found that the problem is still very much in your face.
Look up and do not consider it for in the heavenlies it is
dealt with. You will see the clouds clear as the sunshine
evaporates them and you will eventually see the problem no
more. Until then, believe that I have won this battle and
I am turning it all round for your good and my glory.
16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be
of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
used to wonder why the Lord asked me to thank in all things.
Why was I suppose to be joyful when everything looked bleak?
Many years after He showed me... He wanted me to share in
the joy that he feels about situations, knowing that victory
is inevitable; knowing that the Father is in full control
and about to show His glory in any hard situation. For Jesus,
knowing that His Father would show Him exactly how to deal
with everything that presented itself to Him, and that God's
power was always available, life was a constant, victorious
adventure. It should be the same for us. He wants us to share
His joy and excitement. He wants us to have the same outlook
as Joshua and Caleb, when faced with our 'giants'.
Corinthians 4:17,18 For our light affliction, which is but
for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal
weight of glory;
while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the
things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are
temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.