The Garden of God

June 20, 2022

Song of Solomon 4:16

Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, [that] the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

The Garden of God

               The garden in the Word is often seen as place where we come to have communion and fellowship with God.  Many of us remember the old hymn, “I Come to the Garden Alone”.   We see Adam and Eve first communing with God in the cool of the day in the Garden of Eden and then we see them cast out of the Garden in their disobedience and losing that place of fellowship and communion that they once enjoyed.   We know that Jesus liked to go to the garden of Gethsemane and fellowship and commune with the Father.  Perhaps the garden is a good analogy of our communion and fellowship with the Lord, because it is a place of fruitfulness and a place where we smell the sweet fragrance of His presence as we come there to worship and abide with Him. 

               A garden is a wonderful and beautiful place.  In the Song of Solomon the Lord likens His bride as unto a garden.  He calls the north and the south wind to come up and blow upon His garden that the spices may flow out.  Often the directions of winds are used in scripture to denote judgements and testing.  The south wind was often a hot wind that could bring drought and unpleasant temperatures.  Why would the Lord call these winds upon His garden?  It says so that the spices thereof may flow out.  Fruit and spices that are never pruned, gleaned and harvested will rot upon the tree and the vine.  Their sweetness and fragrance are only seen, smelled and enjoyed when they are released and partaken of. 

               We often wonder, as the people of God, why we must endure suffering, persecution, hardship, trials and tribulation.   These are the winds that must blow upon your garden to bring you to the fullness of your fruitfulness.   Only when the grapes are crushed can they make fine wine.  God is working the fruit of the Spirit in your heart and lives, but that fruit has to be exercised to be fruitful.  The thing about fruit is it must be picked and partaken of to be enjoyed.  The world around you has the privilege of partaking of God’s garden; overtime your fruit is released in the nature and character of Christ.  They get to taste and partake of something they don’t find very often in the world. 

               Think about the last place Jesus was before He was taken to be crucified.  They came to the garden.  It was from the garden that Jesus was picked, broken, crushed and poured out for all of humanity to have access to partake of the new wine that He had become.  There the wind of adversity, judgement, trial and tribulation blew hard against Him.  There the precious spices of His God life were poured out and released for all who would to partake of and share in.  If God spared not His own Son from these sufferings, will He spare us as His sons and daughters?  Romans 8:16-18 tells us, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”  Grapes must be crushed to make a great wine.  Gold has to crushed, smelted, fired, melted, beaten and formed to become a beautiful vessel of honor.  You are God’s garden and what He is picking, pruning and blowing upon you is not for your destruction, but for your perfection.  Often, we lose sight of the end result through all of the processing that brings us there. 

               Spend much time in the garden of His communion and presence for that is a place of fruitfulness and growth, but don’t despair when He picks the fruit and prunes the branches.  Romans 8: 28-30 reminds us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”  Become that sweet smelling fragrance of His character and likeness and do not grow weary and discouraged in the process. 

Blessings,

#kent

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