Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Psalm 37:4 NLT
This verse struck a cord with me today. That’s why I’m not surprised that He wanted me to write this on Valentine’s Day because nothing is a coincidence with God.
Growing up, I remember exchanging valentines with my classmates while drinking Hawaiian Punch and eating those delicious heart-shaped sugar cookies from the local bakery. These childhood memories are so sweet for me to look back on. I thank God for them. Remembering the significance of this day in my childhood would better prepare me for the shift in perspective He knew I would encounter in the future.
As I’ve gotten older, God has certainly shifted my perspective and opened my eyes to see the stark contrast between God’s definition of love and how the world defines love. Merriam-Webster offers several definitions of love. One, in particular, stood out to me the most and it was this: “a person’s adoration of God.” I don’t know what I was most surprised by: The fact that God was mentioned under love in the dictionary, or that this definition was the fifth one listed when it should’ve been the first. Why have we allowed the acknowledgement of the love God has for us to take fifth place in our dictionary? Could it be that our culture has distracted and disillusioned us (God’s people) with the fleshly desires, to such degree that has pushed our definition of His love further down the list and possibly even further out of our minds and hearts? I believe the question isn’t whether or not we acknowledge God’s love for us. I believe the real question we should be asking is, Have we unintentionally forgotten the depth of His love for us in the midst of the rush and distractions?
According to the concordance in my Bible, love is defined as a verb and a noun. The noun version is defined as “the ultimate expression of God’s loyalty, purity, and mercy extended toward his people.” (Jesus-Centered Bible, 2015). I chose the noun version of love because I’m referring to God in the flesh (Jesus). Besides, taking a step back and looking at the idea of Valentine’s Day, implies being with the person or people you love and letting them know how much you care about their “desires.” (I hope you’re seeing where we’re headed). In the same way a person might choose to go above and beyond by showing them how much they care (everyday but especially on Valentine’s Day) God did the same thing for you and me by sending Jesus to die for our sins. (Luke 2:1-20, John 3:16, 1 John 4:8) Looking at Valentine’s Day through a Biblical lens helps us see how much the earthly view of the day pales in comparison to the Heavenly view of being loved by our Valentine whose name is Jesus Christ.
God’s desires and my desires are often opposite from each other. He is God and I’m not. The day I finally came to this realization through the conviction of the Spirit marked the beginning of God transforming my heart and mind. (Romans 12:2) I praise and thank Him daily for continuing to make me more like Him on a daily basis.
After walking through many years of dry seasons and seas of tears, I can honestly say that the minute I began to align my desires with His, I fell in love with Him ALL over again!
I may not have a boyfriend to spend this day with yet and I’m okay with that.
Because I am loved with an everlasting love.
And so are you.
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
Jeremiah 31:3 NLT
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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