“[You have called me a garden, she said] Oh, I pray that the [cold] north wind and the [soft] south wind may blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out [in abundance for you in whom my soul delights.” (Song of Solomon 6:16, AMP)

In Song of Solomon the Shulamite maiden is likened to a garden. Acknowledging the distinction, she invites both harsh and gentle winds to blow upon her—cool, soft breezes for enjoyment and more powerful winds to release her fragrance, the spices of her garden.

In a similar way you are the Lord’s garden. Matters of Kingdom life sometimes seem harsh but, for perspective, consider the concept of judgment: Though seemingly harsh, judgment often is the divine means to a desirable end; judgment brings pressure that magnifies; judgment exposes without discrimination, both good and bad, and in the process, we are free to choose, to discard the bad and strengthen the good.

God’s people are His garden, His redeemed people. They shall be as “a well-watered garden, a people who shall not sorrow any more at all.”

For us judgment is a distinction. Our merciful Lord judges, and we also judge our lives, producing change based on judgment of what is righteous for us, and what is not.

Amen.

Song of Solomon 4:16, NLT| Isaiah 58:11| Jeremiah 31:12| 1 Corinthians 11:31| Verses@Once