Song of Solomon 8:7 – Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised. (NKJV)
Some time ago, a dear friend gave me a special gift of heart-shaped measuring spoons, a memento from her nephew's wedding. Knowing that I would put the spoons to good practical use, she wanted me to have them. So now, whenever I bake, I am reminded to measure all ingredients with love. Each spoon is labeled as follows:
- 1 tablespoon – a heap of love
1 teaspoon – a spoonful of affection
½ teaspoon – a dash of tenderness
¼ teaspoon – a pinch of joy
Although these instructions sound easy enough, many times we fail to put them into practice. But in today's Scripture, King Solomon speaks of a love which is unquenchable, a love whose dimensions are impossible to measure. This love is so powerful that not even death itself can weaken it. This is the same love manifested to us on the cross of Calvary; it can never be bought or earned.
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NKJV)
For believers, the love of Jesus Christ is solid, unchangeable, and eternal. It has the capacity to deliver us from sin and death; it is the anchor of our souls. No other love can withstand the "many waters" that we will encounter during the course of our lives – financial, health, and marriage difficulties, to name a few.
What, then, are your "many waters"? What problems are you facing today? Be assured that God's love will emerge from the tempest. He will calm the raging sea. And what is more, His faithfulness will ensure that a daily recipe of love, affection, tenderness, and joy is a successful one.
Now look up and see the Son shining brightly; His love is available to all who choose to embrace Him.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, we thank You for Your love which is beyond measure. Let Your heart be forever one with ours that we may become channels through which Your compassion and grace are made known to others. In the name of Him who loved us and gave Himself for us, even Christ our Lord. Amen.