Devotions By Jan

The Scorpion

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bark-scorpionScripture for Today: I Corinthians 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

I would not want to find this disgusting creature in my shoe.  That moist and dark environment is one of their favorites.  The Arizona Bark scorpion is called the most venomous scorpion in North America.  Although most scorpions have a sting no more serious than a bee sting, this specie is considered the most dangerous, especially for children and the elderly.  The intense pain and burning sensation is sometimes followed by breathing difficulty, frothing at the mouth, vomiting and convulsions.  The quicker the access to anti-venom, the better!

Today’s verse describes death as a “sting.”  Death will no longer have the victory when the mortal is changed into immortality (verse 54) and the perishable becomes imperishable.  Death seems to have the victory for now, but in fact, Christ’s empty grave means that death has been swallowed up in victory!  The venom of that heart-rendering grief is no longer lethal as we look to the life to come.  We share in Christ’s victory over death.  We have hope that death is not the end as we look to the One who conquered and defeated death forever!

The news is disturbing as I hear of senseless and violent death.  At the same time, I can feel overwhelmed with news of terminal cancer in friends and loved ones.  Yet, as much as I grieve, I can grieve with hope, knowing that for the believer, He has promised that the very best is ahead of me.  Death and evil do not win.  No despair can erase this truth.  No tragedy nullifies my hope.  In Christ alone, there is “No guilt in life, no fear in death; This is the power of Christ in me.”

Thank you Lord, that death no longer stings.

 

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