Taken from the Blog, The Dove’s Eyes. Scripture references have been replaced with the King James Version Bible Scriptures.
“The Song of Solomon is a book of the Bible that… may initially read like a sensual romance novel, (but) this text reveals the endearing affection of the heart of God for the heart of man. It declares the love that Christ (our Bridegroom) has for us (His Bride). In fact, He proclaims, “Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.” (Song of Solomon 4:7) … All fair? No spot? Have You taken a look at me lately? If so, there must be something really wrong with Your eyesight!!
But Beloved, let me share this truth with you. There is nothing wrong with God’s eyesight… there is something wrong with our perception of God’s eyesight. Yes, He hates sin, but He no longer sees us as stained with that sin. When Christ died on the cross, a miraculous and beautiful thing happened. We were cleansed by His Blood and made as white as snow. It has been God’s intention from the beginning of creation to present us to Himself as a “glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27) and this is the very reality from which God relates to us now!
… The truth is that He (Jesus) calls us His Beloved. Do you see what Christ is intimately saying to us when He calls us this? If we break down this simple word, His message becomes clear. He is saying, my Beloved, Be-loved. Be loved? Be loved?! By the Creator of the universe?!! How can this be? … Why would He love me? … This is perhaps the greatest mystery ever known to man.
… It is only by understanding the intimate, ravishing love of Christ that I am able to even attempt to love Him with such intensity. Song of Solomon 5:12 reveals that the Bridegroom’s “eyes are as the eyes of doves.” … biologically, the eye of the dove has the capacity to focus on only one thing at a time. Because its vision is so limited, it is not easily diverted. Once the dove beholds something or someone it desires, its eyes grant it exclusive, undistracted attention. And it is upon us that the Lord’s dove’s eyes have fallen. “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9). To even think that the Lord’s loving eyes would actively seek me without the slightest diversion is astonishing.
However, this passage reveals not only the intensity of the Lord’s focus on us, but also the necessity of our focus on Him. Unfortunately, our eyes are easily distracted by the things that falsely claim to give us fulfillment and satisfaction. But if even for a short moment, the wayward bride looks lovingly upon her Bridegroom, He declares, “Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes.” (Song of Solomon 1:15). In other words, the Lord’s heart leaps when our gaze is directed toward Him! When we have dove’s eyes that lovingly long for Him as He longs for us, He cannot help but call us fair, beautiful, and spotless! … The God of the universe Who is, incidentally, also the Lover of our souls smiles upon us and fervently desires our company! It is not until we truly internalize that the Lord has dove’s eyes for us that we are able to have dove’s eyes for Him.
… When Peter stepped out of the boat and walked toward Jesus on the water, he began to sink only when his eyes left the gaze of Jesus. Oh, to have dove’s eyes that are not pulled away by the wind and the waves! The Lord has made it clear that there will always be competing affections and distractions, but by His grace and through our wholehearted seeking, our focus can be sharpened. After all, the Lord desires us, and He will do anything it takes to bring us into closer relationship with Himself. I long for dove’s eyes that are ever focused on my beautiful Lord and Savior!”
~ Alyssa Gammelgaard ~