Can you make it through? Do you believe there is a reason for the season you are going through? Do you believe there is purpose in the experience you are going through? Do you believe that the burden you are going through has meaning? Do you believe that the trials have a purpose? We’ll learn in today’s post how Viktor Frankl believed that “people can bear almost any burden so long as they believe it has a meaning.”
Today’s reading comes to us from The Song of Solomon 8…
Longing for Her Beloved
1 Oh that you were like a brother to me
who nursed at my mother’s breasts!
If I found you outside, I would kiss you,
and none would despise me.
2 I would lead you and bring you
into the house of my mother—
she who used to teach me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
the juice of my pomegranate.
3 His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
4 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.
5 Who is that coming up from the wilderness,
leaning on her beloved?
Under the apple tree I awakened you.
There your mother was in labor with you;
there she who bore you was in labor.
6 Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the Lord.
7 Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised.
8 We have a little sister,
and she has no breasts.
What shall we do for our sister
on the day when she is spoken for?
9 If she is a wall,
we will build on her a battlement of silver,
but if she is a door,
we will enclose her with boards of cedar.
10 I was a wall,
and my breasts were like towers;
then I was in his eyes
as one who finds peace.
11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
he let out the vineyard to keepers;
each one was to bring for its fruit a thousand pieces of silver.
12 My vineyard, my very own, is before me;
you, O Solomon, may have the thousand,
and the keepers of the fruit two hundred.
13 O you who dwell in the gardens,
with companions listening for your voice;
let me hear it.
14 Make haste, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or a young stag
on the mountains of spices.
–from The Song of Solomon
Today’s Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on scientific discovery brings us the topic of Viktor Frankl, Man’s search for meaning. We learn in today’s devotional how Viktor Frankl was a renowned Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor and how he wrote the influential book “Man’s Search for Meaning” that published in 1946. We learn how the book tells about his experiences in the Nazi concentration camps. His experiences led him to develop the psychiatric technique known as logotherapy, which asserts that the greatest motivating factor for people is a sense of meaning. We read about how he believe that people can bear almost any burden so long as they believe it has a meaning. Put another way, when people have a “why” to live for they can make it through any “how” or “He who has a why to live for can bear any how.” We learn in today’s devotional how he described the loss of his wife and having to deal with the anguish of not knowing where she was. We learn how as he was dealing with this suffering he was quoting from today’s reading verse 6 which says
‘ Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord .’ — The Song of Solomon 8:6
as a reflection of his love for her and as a way of finding the meaning he needed to survive the horrors of the camp.
I did not know whether my wife was alive, and I had no means of finding out (during all my prison life there was no outgoing or incoming mail); but at that moment it ceased to matter. There was no need for me to know; nothing could touch the strength of my love, my thoughts, and the image of my beloved. Had I known then that my wife was dead, I think that I would still have given myself, undisturbed by that knowledge, to the contemplation of her image, and that my mental conversation with her would have been just as vivid and just as satisfying. “Set me like a seal upon thy heart, love is as strong as death.”
–from The Global Impact Bible – p. 908 – The Song of Solomon 8 (copied above from PBS website)
So do you know the why that will keep you going through what and being and defining your how? Have you had an encounter with Jesus and allowed Him to walk with you through every up or down in your life so that you never have to do it alone? Have you received the gift of salvation which helps you to press onwards towards the goal?
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
I thank You for this new day and for having people reach out and contact me during their times of need and care. I thank You Lord that You never leave us alone but are always available in the midst of this thing called life. I thank You Lord that You will never leave us nor abandon us. I thank You for my brother Quin and ask Lord that You be with him and his family. I pray Lord that You will surround them with peace and bring healing and restoration to his body. Lord, it’s not over till you say it is over and so Lord I stand with my brother and his family and ask for Your touch upon his body as the ultimate physician granting them all peace and patience, wisdom and discernment, obedience and clarity so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.