Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. (Song of Solomon 8:7)
The devastating flood waters of Hurricane Harvey surged through Houston and the surrounding areas. As we watched on television, many were horrified by the water’s powerful, damaging, and unforgiving effects. Human attempts are usually feeble and futile against such force. As I considered it, God brought three Scriptures to mind related to flooding waters.
From a romantic perspective, in Song of Solomon 8:7, we find the power of love. In the intimacy of marriage, passionate, burning hot love can withstand the attempts to quench it. This correlation signifies the power love holds over those who are consumed by it.
There is also spiritual reference to flooding waters in Isaiah 59:19. “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” Our enemy is powerful, a roaring, rushing torrent with intent to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He rushes about with deceit, distraction, and destruction. Just like flood waters, he values nothing nor does he play favorites or give anyone a break.
And yet, we are able to withstand his malicious tide. We have the impenetrable, non-eroding seawall of the Spirit of the Lord who takes precedence and power over Satan and his nasty attempts. When he tries eroding our faith, we rest and trust in the Spirit of the Lord. When his flood waters swell, we find safety under God’s almighty wings. But, just like an earthly flood, it is critical to quickly recognize the flood warnings and immediately seek shelter.
Jesus is the standard raised against our enemy. He is love and lovingly gave His life as a ransom for us. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He is a fountain springing up within us, never a destroying flood. His banner over us is love. He is our shelter.
In reference to the conquering power of love over spiritual flooding, the question may arise: Can any flood ever dampen, quench, or separate us from the source of our love? We find the resounding “Never!” in Romans 8:38-39.
Hurricanes may blow; flooding waters may rise. Yet, our safety lies behind the seawall of God’s never-ending love.
Father, we know floods will come. Help us to quickly recognize them and seek safe shelter in You. Help us also to bring along our floundering brothers and sisters.