Mark Batterson wrote a book entitled “God is Not Safe” where he puts forth the idea that God walks in the hard places of the world and expects those who follow Him to go there, too. Today’s verse from Song of Solomon 8:6 tells how we prepare.
Set me [Jesus] as a seal upon your heart…its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.
Song of 8:6c describes the Holy Spirit in us as “a most vehement flame”. Mike Bickle describes the seal of fire as “the progressive impartation of the Spirit’s power in pouring God’s love into our heart (Rom. 5:5). The seal is our present tense experience in fellowshipping with the Spirit.”
Rolland Baker describes what it is like to live having set Jesus as the seal of the fire of God in his heart. “In the Amplified version of Psalm 4:8 it says ‘You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.’ We receive daily death threats on our cell phones, but [Heidi and I] both lie down and sleep. Why? Because we know Who is in charge of us, and we know He is not leaving us alone. All around us can be chaos and disorder , but we can dwell in safety and in peace.
Our peace isn’t dependent on us understanding anything. It doesn’t mean we have to solve all our problems. It doesn’t mean we know what we are doing all the time. It means we can dwell with Someone Who does. Proverbs 1:33 says, ‘But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil. (NKJV).’ That is just priceless. Especially when you have enemies like ours.”
The seal of God on our hearts keeps us in the fight. Mike Bickle explains, “The highest reward of true love is found in possessing the love itself. Those who are wealthy in love do not look at price tags. Anybody can quit except a person in love. When we are tempted to quit, the obstacle in our path is that we love God. God is raising up a people who will not quit. Paul spoke of this love that will pay any price. He laid down his open doors of opportunity.
I…count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ…for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ (Phil. 3:8)
Nothing is stronger or more valuable than the seal of God, that vehement flame that cannot be quenched or drowned out. Winston Churchill, “Never give up!” Christ shows us how.