Apples of Gold
Radio Script for July 29, 2010
“A Most Stunning Lyric”
Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.
This is one of the most stunning song lyrics I’ve ever heard.
Actually, I heard it several times before it really sank in, but when it did, it settled on me like lead.
I have thought of it often, and every time I just shake my head, feel grieved, and want to avoid it.
When I thought about writing this today I thought, “I can’t. It’s too heavy. It’s too sad, and I have no answers.”
And it makes me feel mad and powerless at the same time – a terrible combination. I don’t know what to do, but this one thing I can do. I can call attention to it.
The song is by Gospel singer and American Idol finalist Mandisa, and is entitled “He is With You.” It points out various situations in which God is with you, and then comes what I think is a most stunning lyric.
It says that God is with you when “your husband doesn’t kiss you anymore.”
That is a lyric you have to stop and think about – unless it is you. If it’s you, then you recognize immediately the weight of it.
Now let’s go back to the beginning, to the Garden of Eden. God created the world and everything in it, and Genesis 1:31 says, “God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.”
But then, by Genesis 2:18, God found something that was not good. He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone.”
God could have whipped up a gang of buddies for the man to hang out with. He could have given him a bunch of kids, but what did He do? He made one woman. This was God’s answer for man being alone – one woman.
Well man still doesn’t want to be alone, so he finds a woman to love and marries her. He makes grand statements and enters a lifelong covenant of love, “‘til death do us part” – “you may kiss the bride.”
And he does. Often.
But then, for whatever reason, the kisses stop. A silent statement.
And that’s where we find the woman that Mandisa is singing to. She feels lonely and rejected. Everything else may look the same. An outsider might see no difference.
But she does.
Her husband doesn’t kiss her anymore.
Husband, is this your wife? Does she feel secretly rejected because you don’t kiss her anymore?
She may or may not ever bring it up, but what is going on in her heart? What are you doing to her heart by not kissing her?
Proverbs 5:18 says to “rejoice in the wife of your youth.”
Malachi 2:15 has a warning for husbands. It says “let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.”
Treacherous is a strong word. Could “not kissing your wife” be considered treacherous?
Husbands, you need to think about this and pray about it. And you need to realize that if you aren’t kissing your wife, you could indeed be dealing treacherously with her. It could be a silent statement that she is receiving loud and clear.
That is not the way a Christian husband should be. A man of God does not treat his wife like that.
Your wife is the most important person in your life. The two become one, the Bible says; one flesh. There is only one person on the planet you are “one” with and that is your wife. You leave your father and mother and are joined together with your wife, and what God has joined together, let no man separate.
Rejoice in the wife of your youth! Recapture those days when you kissed her and meant it.
And if your heart has grown hard, then take it to the Lord. Ask Him to soften it up.
Ephesians 4:32 says to be tenderhearted. So husband, be tenderhearted toward your wife.
And please, please, please don’t be the guy that Mandisa is singing about when she sings that most stunning of lyrics, “your husband doesn’t kiss you anymore.”
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May God bless you today! With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.
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Why “The Arrow’s Tip”? Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold. Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.” I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.
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