Wednesday, 15 June 2016
DCLM Daily Manna, Wednesday June 15 2016 by Pastor Kumuyi - An Unfading Beauty?
Topic: An Unfading Beauty? [Wednesday June 15, 2016]
Text: Song of Solomon 4:1-7
Key Verse: "Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead" (Song of Solomon 4:1).
"Look at a poor little colourless drop of water, hanging weakly on a blade of grass. It is not beautiful at all. Why should you stop to look at it? But stay till the sun has risen, and now look! It sparkles, like a diamond! And if you look at it from another side, it glows like a ruby, and presently it gleams like an emerald.
The little drop has become one of the brightest and loveliest things you ever saw. But is it its own brightness and beauty? No. If it slipped down to the ground out of the sunshine it would be only a lowly little drop of dirty water. So, if the Sun of Righteousness, the glorious and lovely Saviour, shines upon you, a little ray of His own brightness and beauty will be seen upon you. That is true beauty" - Havergal. The Song of Solomon is an excellent work of poetry.
The various episodes which sound more like love notes, carry a much deeper meaning than they appear to portray in the physical. Our text contains detailed description of natural beauty which is now compared to beautiful work of God's creation. The image presented is that of Christ's church - His bride, so naturally beautiful because of the work of grace upon her. The Bible says He did all this, that He might present it unto Himself a glorious church, not having any spot or wrinkle, but that it should be holy (Ephesians 5:26).
There was no mention of artificial aids like make-up, jewelry and toning of the skin here. We must maintain this beauty till Christ comes. It must also be kept natural as Christ our Bridegroom wants it.
Thought for the day: A beauty adorned through Christ requires no human "make-up"
Bible Reading in one Year: Ephesians 1-3
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.