Seeds of the Kingdom 14 September 2022: Are You Leaning?


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Are You Leaning?
by Jilly Lyon-Taylor

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?” Song Of Solomon 8:5, NKJV

Seeds of the Kingdom 14 September 2022 MESSAGE

Today’s verse is one that I have been thinking a lot about recently and trying to put into practice. It comes from the Song of Solomon, also known as the Song of Songs, or, perhaps more correctly, the Song of Songs which is Solomon’s. It is a love story, describing the passion between two people, presumably Solomon and his beloved. But it also contains wonderful truths that we can learn from as we consider our relationship with Jesus Christ. One of these is contained in this short verse about leaning on our Beloved.

To lean on something or someone, you need to have complete trust that you will be upheld. You wouldn’t lean on a table that had a broken leg, or against a fence that was rotten, because these might collapse. To lean on a person, you would need to know that they were utterly trustworthy and able to uphold you. The Lord is both. He is completely faithful and has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5b); and in Isaiah 41:10 He says: “I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

When in a loving relationship, leaning on your beloved brings a very special place of intimacy. There is often no need for words, because just that act of leaning can bring a closeness that has no need of other expression. That gives us a beautiful picture of what it is like to be intimate with the Lord, leaning on Him, trusting Him and enjoying a closeness with Him that transcends words.

It is interesting that this verse talks about the person who is leaning on her lover coming up from the wilderness. If we find ourselves in a spiritual wilderness, perhaps the answer is to consciously lean afresh on our Beloved and trust Him to lead us up and out of the desert. We can lean on Him for everything we need – provision, strength, enabling, healing, as well as the peace and joy that comes from intimacy with Him. Are you leaning on Him today?

Seeds of the Kingdom 14 September 2022 PRAYER

Lord, I am sorry for the times when I have tried to manage on my own, forgetting to lean on You. Thank You for the intimacy I can have with You, and the peace and joy that this brings. I want to lean on You afresh today, knowing that You will uphold me in all circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Seeds of the Kingdom 14 September 2022 Daily Devotional written Jilly Lyon Taylor, has been involved with Ellel Ministries since 2001. Her early career was in publishing, and she then spent three years working with children in Hong Kong. When she returned to the UK, she married, had three sons and spent the next years being a full-time wife and mother, at the same time serving in the local church with her husband. She was involved in running Alpha courses, children’s programmes and Bible study groups.