This book is not only about the joys and goodness of human love; it is also about the reality of God’s love for us. When Solomon writes “he has taken me to the banquet hall, his banner over me is love,” we must stop and remember the future banquet hall that we will enjoy as the bride of Christ. Even now, He is preparing a place for us and soon we will feast with Him at the wedding supper of the Lamb. God is simply expressing what He already sees and knows will happen in eternity future. If you know Jesus as Savior and Lord, then that feast is in your future. No one can take that from you if you are in Him. I have been asked many times what we will eat at the wedding feast, and my answer is always the same, “I have no clue,” but that does not change the reality of that love feast that we will enjoy. Solomon hits on an aspect of human love that grabbed my attention. He says, “do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Why do we push our young children and teenagers into girlfriend/boyfriend relationships? Why do we try to force them to “fall in love?” We have taught both our children to wait for God to bring His person into their lives and then enjoy love to the fullest, but do not try to rush it on your own. How many people marry the “wrong” person simply because they feel rushed to do so? Parents, this starts with us. If we teach our children God’s principles for relationships and marriage, then they can navigate those waters when the time comes. If we push any other agenda, we scar them emotionally with unneeded heartache and hurt. God will take care of your children’s love life in His perfect time, so let Him.

Help me, Lord, to get excited about that future banquet that You are now preparing for Your bride. Help me to teach my children Your truth about love and relationships and then trust You to bring love into their lives in Your perfect time.