banquet“He has brought me to his banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.”
-Bride, Song of Solomon 2:4

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¬†Whenever I read this, I’m reminded of a song I grew up singing:

He brought me to His banqueting table, his banner over me is love.
He brought me to His banqueting table, his banner over me is love.
He brought me to His banqueting table, his banner over me is love.
His banner over me is love!

Maybe you’ve sung the song as well and as you read the words of the song find yourself humming along.

When I read this, I found myself questioning God, “When did I stop remembering You are Love?” It’s easy to go through life forgetting that God actually loves me. When I’m faced with adversity, I end up questioning God’s love. When I’m faced with pain, I question God’s love. When I’m faced with conflict, I question God’s love.

The love of God is one of those things we take for granted. I would say it’s because we don’t see God, face to face, ¬†on a regular basis. However, we even take the love of people we see face to face for granted. So that can’t be the reason.

I think the reason we forget the love of God is because we lack that same love. When we have a conflict with someone, it’s very difficult to love them. When we find ourselves in pain because of something someone else did, we struggle to love them. Our inability to love others in hard times inhibits our ability to recognize God’s love in hard times.

So the question then becomes, how do we remember the love of God in those times? In a simple word, obedience. I know, tough word to swallow. Who really likes obedience? But here’s the thing; obedience to God reminds us of His love. Think about it, if we are in a conflict with another person and Matthew 5:23-24 comes to mind:

Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

Then do it. In the process of working out the conflict we realize that God loves and cares for us because He cares about our earthly relationships. When I forget God’s love, that’s the time I need to obey.