Today is Valentine's Day.
And, if you don't START today with the right mindset and attitude, you will END the day feeling hopeless and discouraged, fighting the magnetic pull towards self-pity.
I have great news for you- today doesn't have to be that way for you! If you are single, you can choose today to keep God's Word squarely in the forefront of your mind that He has not forgotten you and that His promises never fail!
Just think about some of these amazing things God has promised us in Scripture:
-He numbers the hairs of our heads. (Luke 12:7)
-He bottles our tears in jars. (Psalm 56:8)
-He desires to move on our behalf. (Isaiah 30:18)
-He intimately cares about our desires. (Psalm 37:4)
-He knows the pain of waiting. (Galatians 4:4)
-He knows the pain of rejection. (1 Peter 2:4)
-Our past is not the measure of our future. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
-We carry the image of God and the power of the Holy Spirit inside of us; therefore, we have great hope for our future. (Philippians 1:27)
-God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind! (2 Timothy 1:7)
-God is a loving Father who delights in giving good gifts to us. (Matthew 7:11)
-Ongoing construction is not the evidence of God's absence but the proof of His presence. (Philippians 1:6)
I would like to share two of my all-time favorite passages from my all-time favorite devotional, Streams in the Desert by LB Cowman:
"And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise" (Hebrews 6:15).
Abraham was long tried, but he was richly rewarded. The Lord tried him by delaying to fulfill His promise. Satan tried him by temptation; men tried him by jealousy, distrust, and opposition; Sarah tried him by her peevishness. But he patiently endured. He did not question God's veracity, nor limit His power, nor doubt His faithfulness, nor grieve His love; but he bowed to Divine Sovereignty, submitted to Infinite Wisdom, and was silent under delays, waiting the Lord's time. And so, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
God's promises cannot fail of their accomplishment. Patient waiters cannot be disappointed. Believing expectation shall be realized. Beloved, Abraham's conduct condemns a hasty spirit, reproves a murmuring one, commends a patient one, and encourages quiet submission to God's will and way.
Remember, Abraham was tried; he patiently waited; he received the promise, and was satisfied. Imitate his example, and you will share the same blessing.
"After a while, the stream dried up because there had been no rain in the land" (1 Kings 17:7).
The education of our faith is incomplete if we have not learned that there is a providence of loss, a ministry of failing and of fading things, a gift of emptiness. The material insecurities of life make for its spiritual establishment. The dwindling stream by which Elijah sat and mused is a true picture of the life of each of us. “It came to pass … that the brook dried up”—that is the history of our yesterday, and a prophecy of our morrows.
In some way or other we will have to learn the difference between trusting in the gift and trusting in the Giver. The gift may be good for a while, but the Giver is the Eternal Love.
Cherith was a difficult problem to Elijah until he got to Zarephath, and then it was all as clear as daylight. God’s hard words are never His last words. The woe and the waste and the tears of life belong to the interlude and not to the finale.
Had Elijah been led straight to Zarephath he would have missed something that helped to make him a wiser prophet and a better man. He lived by faith at Cherith. And whensoever in your life and mine some spring of earthly and outward resource has dried up, it has been that we might learn that our hope and help are in God who made Heaven and earth.
Finally, if you believe all of these things, then there is a faith action I would like you to take- and it sounds easier than it actually is. I would like you to follow the command of Scripture today and "rejoice with those who rejoice." The implication of that command is that it's not natural to do so. But you are a supernatural being, made in God's image, and empowered by the Holy Spirit!
Let today become a day of significance and meaning. View today with the eyes of faith for the future...Actively choose to rejoice with those who rejoice. Who knows if this very day could simply be a final test to see your character shine before the ultimate breakthrough.
Happy Valentine's Day!