We often think of being held by God, but the Creator of the Universe is also “held captive” by us. Song of Solomon 7:5 “…the hair of your head is like purple; a king is held captive by your tresses..:“
Mike Bickle says, “In Scripture, hair spoke of one’s dedication to God. The hair of a Nazirite was an outward sign of their dedication to God (Numbers 6). A Nazirite did not cut their hair. Her hair is like purple which speaks of royalty. Her dedication is like the resolution of a king. The bride’s dedication holds the heart of God. His love is so powerful that it binds Him to weak people who love Him. It is His glory to be captivated by love for his people. His unique ability is to love those so much lower than He. His heart is “held” by us. He possesses all authority, but He gives His heart without any reserve to His Bride.”
It is dedication that is so attractive to Him. Roland Baker says, “He is searching for faithfulness in how we handle everyday little things. Even in our conversations, tensions and disagreements, every time someone disappoints us or we feel hurt and misunderstood, we are learning to suffer in these situations, we are learning to be selfless. This is basic Christianity.“
Learning to be selfless is God’s beauty school. He is ravaged by the one who can stand up to the enemy and is faithful in hard times. We must slough off the need to be blessed and honored, and rejoice in the privilege of His anointing and call on our lives: That call is to be a servant of Christ. The difficult situations are His training exercises – exercises for God’s richer purposes.
Paul describes it in Ephesians 3:7-8
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of His power. Although I am less than the least of al the Lord’s people,this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ.
We hear no complaint in his voice. He doesn’t list all his trials and tribulations. He calls himself less than the least of all the Lord’s people. Paul understood his place, and knew the privilege of his calling. He knew the love of God, and he basked in it.