Friday, May 01, 2009

Loveless Rivers

Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of his house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.
Song of Solomon 8:7, English Standard Version

Loveless Rivers

As I was reading through verses of the Bible using the word river or rivers, I came upon this verse in the Song of Solomon 8. We have been looking at the many attributes of rivers, but today's verse shows a completely different side by expressing what rivers cannot do.

We have found that the rivers can clap for joy, grant us blessings, heal us, fill us with delight, and can even be rivers of treachery, but today we discover that rivers have no power in the face of love. Verse 8 tells us that, Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.

Having lived in Iowa for many years, that verse takes on a entirely new meaning. I lived in Boone, Iowa, during the floods of 1993; each day we had to check the news to see if there were still roads open to get to Des Moines. Then, last year my daughter was married one day before the Cedar River flooded much of the town of Waverly (and Cedar Rapids). By the next day the pastor's house and church were flooded, and the reception hall had several feet of water in it. We had a rather interesting time trying to get home that evening, finding ourselves weaving back and forth through central Iowa trying to find roads still open.

What about those of you who live in dry areas and/or mountains? You certainly have a great deal of respect for flash floods. When a warning is given in your area, you know too well the dangers of not heeding the warnings given.

As we ponder these things, we gain a better depth of understanding this verse. Love is so powerful that it is undaunted by raging rivers. Now, think about the love of Christ which surpasses any other love we could imagine. Christ loves his people so much that he humbled Himself, came to earth to live as a man who was scorned and eventually crucified. None of this happened by accident, but was all a part of His plan to save a people for Himself.

In the fold of Christ, there is no fear, for His love conquers all; the loveless rivers have no power over Christians Even Satan, in all of his strength and power bows to the love of Christ. Amazing, is it not?

I leave you with my life verse.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1, King James Version

God Bless You,

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