HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” (Song of Solomon 4:12).
The figure here is a garden enclosed, not a wilderness. The garden soil is a cultivated soil, very different from the roadside or the wilderness. So many people journey to the wilderness for different reasons, but the soil there is very difficult to cultivate. As a matter of fact, it is already cultivated. You will notice that they hardly go to the desert because the heat there is in most case unbearable.
The idea of a garden is culture. The ground has to be prepared, to be broken up by ploughing, to be mellowed by harrowing, all the stones removed, the roots of all-natural growth dug up, for the good things we are seeking are not natural growths and will not grow in our soil. You will recall the sower who went forth to sow seeds, the most successful were those that fell in the fertile soil.
We all start on the old basis and try to improve the old nature, but that is not God’s way. His way is to get self out of the way entirely and let Him create anew out of nothing so that all shall be of Him, and we must find Jesus the Alpha and Omega.
The thing you want to learn here is to die. There can be no real-life till self dies, and don’t try to die yourself, but ask God to slay you, and He will make a thorough work of it. You have to be in the same spirit that Solomon was in when he wrote these words or you will be off track with the understanding of the message he was writing for this day you are reading these words.
There must be a preparation of the soil so you will be able to plant your seeds and have a successful harvest. Anyhow you look at it there is the understanding that you are preparing the soil to plant and then wait for the harvest.
This the secret nature hideth,
Summer dies and lives again,
Spring from winter’s grave ariseth,
Harvest grows from the buried grain.
I pray that God will open our understanding to see the light of the word as in the eyes of Solomon.