23rd March, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: WE MUST TAME DEATH
Song of Solomon 8:6 (NKJV)
Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;F
Forlove is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame.
Loveis as strong as death! This means, love and death weigh equally on the same scale. In a boxing bout, for instance, opponents of equal weight are paired together. You don’t pair a heavy weight boxer with a feather weight boxer; that’d be a mismatch. Love is as strong as death means, the best match for death is love.
From our previous devotion, we learnt that death has been defeated but not yet destroyed; the destruction of death is when it shall be cast into the lake of fire. Knowing that its destruction is near, death is on rampage, in a desperate search for gullible victims. If we’re ever going to tame death and stop it from having a field day, we’ve got to walk in love. It’s only the love of God that can match death boot for boot, and since love never fails, love will always win over death.
The end-time warfare has become very sophisticated, such that, lone rangers will not survive. Yes, we must live in hope of the coming of the Lord, but we also have to bear in mind that, the three things which abide are faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13). Faith is for the now, while hope is for the future; but the binding force that will enable us to balance the two is love. 1 John 3:14 (NKJV) says, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.” We give death the upper hand when we fail to walk in love. But, death is tamed when we love one another.
Love is going to be the compelling force that will enable the 21st Century Church to tame death; and we must tame death if mortality is ever going to be swallowed up by life in our generation. When we miss this opportunity, it will be given to subsequent generations until the generation that will arise and tame death till Jesus comes.