Happy Valentine’s Day! I pray this is a good day for you. It is not for everyone. I feel for the guy who had his wife tell him that she was giving up chocolate for Lent, but unfortunately got her a box of chocolates for the big day. No, I am not that guy, but I know I have had my own Valentine’s Day bloopers like this. Hint: don’t ever buy your wife a birthday card for Valentine’s Day. Even if you cross out Happy Birthday and replace it with Happy Valentine’s day it does not work.
Valentine’s Day is a special day. It is a day that we associate with love and the heart. And above all our greatest love is towards God. In the great commandment Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” (Luke 10:27)
The heart is at the center of our being. It is where our will, desires, dreams, and passion all come from. It is what gives us our drive. It is what makes us to scale walls and to move mountains. When your heart is in it, there is no length you will not go.
So we must be careful to watch and to guard our heart because it will easily get our life off-track. Proverbs 4:23 says, “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
In Proverbs 27:19, “As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” You see where your heart is, you will make a way. But you need to be careful of where your heart is, so that the way you make is the right way and that it is good for you and for those around you.
Jesus says where your treasure is there your heart will be. (Matthew 6:21) What he is saying is watch out what you hold up as valuable because that is what you will pursue. Make sure that what you are pursuing is worth it.
Unfortunately, our hearts are often misguided and misdirected. In Genesis 6:5–6, it says, “the Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” It saddens God to see the consequences of sin. It saddens him that our hearts are bent towards selfishness, pride, and greed. It grieves him that the heart’s desires are so short-sighted. How he wishes we would long for that which is eternal and pursue true riches.
King David would pray in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart.” That we would have a heart that is pure and the heart that is true. That we would desire the things of God rather than the things of man.
We know we can’t change our hearts. As much as I want to, only God can make this transformation happen. He accomplishes it by his Holy Spirit. He accomplishes it by his power that is at work in us. As we enter into the season of Lent we strive to connect with God to allow God to work in our lives what only he can work. Let him do his heart surgery upon you. Let him make you new. Let him shape your heart and give you new and abundant life.
Seek him in the Word. Seek him in worship. Seek him in repentance. Seek him in fasting. Seek him in prayer. Seek him and he will be found. Ask for him and he will reveal himself.
So happy Valentine’s Day! I heart God!