This morning as I was getting ready, I spotted two wooden signs that I have in my bedroom. They say “You are loved.” What a great reminder this Valentine’s Day. Once again, I am celebrating (or not celebrating) a holiday meant for couples. Sometimes it bothers me when I think of what I don’t have. A husband. Children. A family in my home. But those two signs today reminded me of a very important truth. I am loved! And I have the most wonderful Valentine of all—the God of the universe.
My devotion this morning was in Proverbs 8. Verses 22-29 speak of God’s awesome power when He created the world. Wisdom talks about how she was there “When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment.” She says that she was there “When he prepared the heavens.” As I was reading those words, I was once again struck by God’s amazing power. And God loves me! What a thought.
God loves me so much that He sent His son to die for my sins. My horrible, wicked sins. The ones that grieve my heart. The ones I am ashamed of. The ones I keep falling into their trap. God placed all my sins on His sinless Son. He carried every one. What a humbling thought. What love He has for me!
The tragedy is that sometimes I listen to Satan when he tells me that I’m not loved. You know what I mean. Why would anyone love you? You aren’t worth anything. Look at you. Spending another Valentine’s Day by yourself. Why don’t you just give up serving God? He doesn’t really care or you wouldn’t be alone. I could go on and on. But Satan is the master deceiver. He wants to cause me to stumble. He watches me and sees all the mistakes and sins I do. He knows what buttons to push to make me doubt. It is during those times when he is whispering his lies that I need to remember that my greatest love is the omnipotent and omniscient God.
Today many people will turn to temporary pleasures. Some will drown their sorrows and hurts in alcohol or drugs in order to forget. They will try and have a good time by participating in temporary pleasures. They will make choices while drinking that they would never do if they were sober. Some will turn to the wrong kind of love because they feel the crippling desire to be loved and think it is the only way. All these temporary pleasures are just that—temporary. They feel that the problem will be fixed, but it will never last. God is the only way to fill that spot.
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (I John 4:16)
I pray this Valentine’s Day that if you are struggling to feel loved, remember that God loves you so much more than anyone ever could. Turn to Him to fill that space. I promise it is worth it.