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Devotional: April 16th

Song of Solomon 2:1-17

It is by its fruits that an apple tree can be distinguished from the trees of the wood (v. 3). Among men, only Christ produced this fruit for God, fruit whose sweetness His redeemed people can taste today (v. 5; Numbers 18:13). We are called to feed ourselves by listening to His Word, like Mary at the feet of her Lord.

"His banner over me was love" (v. 4). As Christ’s soldiers we should follow our commander not because we have to but because we are drawn to Him.

The Bible closes with His promise, "Behold, I come quickly" (Revelation 22:7; Revelation 22:12; Revelation 22:20). What an echo these words find in the hearts of those who love Him! "The voice of my beloved! Behold, he cometh" (v. 8). "Until the day break," let us be like the fearful dove which hides in the clefts of the rock to shelter from defilement and danger (vv. 14, 17). And let us distrust the little foxes which spoil the vines when they are in flower (v. 15). As they get bigger, these little foxes become more and more powerful (Romans 6:14). Moreover with the flowers spoiled, all promise of fruit is gone. Today we should not tolerate some little act of cheating, some sin which appears insignificant, which will later dominate us and deprive the Lord of the fruit which belongs to Him.

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