By Joan Clayton
Valentine’s Day comes once a year. It is associated with hearts candy and flowers. The central theme is one of expressing love.
God sends his valentine every day. His valentine contains love unequaled. He expresses to you and me the greatest love the world has ever known or will ever know. In his valentine he tells you how unique, special and precious you are.
God’s valentine contains comfort, confidence, counsel, protection, favor, abundance, healing, wisdom, knowledge and anything else his children need. God’s Valentine is the Bible. His love letters read:
“His banner over you is love” (Song of Solomon 2:4 NIV).
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV).
“For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow or where we are…high above the sky or in the deepest ocean…nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our lord Jesus Christ when he died for us” (Romans 8:38-39 TLB).
That is love dear friend. Who of us would not lay down our life for our children or spouse, but for a stranger? Yet God spared not his own son for you and me.
Many love stories in the Bible thrill me. I love the story of sweethearts in Song of Solomon. The love between Abraham and Sarah impresses me. I think of the love Jacob had for Rachel by working 14 years for her hand. Joseph was put into a pit and sold as a slave by his brothers because of their jealousy, but Joseph’s love and forgiveness won out. His statement touches my heart:
“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20).
Wicked Haman had devised a scheme to have the king issue an order that would kill all of the Jews. If someone approached the king without being called, they were put to death. Mordecai, Queen Esther’s relative, knew that she was the only one who could save their people. His question to her was: “…who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13). Queen Esther’s brave answer was:
“I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16). This strong righteous woman saved her people with her unselfish love.
All of these faith filled people had an extraordinary amount of love. Love is of God and God is love, yet his love is greater still!
Remember that first love, that excitement, that tingling, that burst of fireworks that made every day July 4? Just being in your sweetheart’s presence was everything. When apart, remember the anticipation of being together again?
I married my first love and I still feel that excitement. I still see skyrockets. He is my sweetheart of all time. He is a valentine to me every day. That is how God is.
Every day I can open God’s valentine, his love letter to me. I don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day.
God has a valentine just for you too. His love letter is the Bible and it is written in red. He tells you all about his love and his longing to be near you. There is no greater love. You are precious in his sight.
Open your valentine today and every day.
It is from someone who loves you with an everlasting love!
Joan Clayton is a retired teacher and religion columnist living in Portales.