Do you remember those little heart-shaped candies you got in the Valentine Cards you got as a kid in school? There was a word or two on them: “Sweet”, “Cute”, “Hug Me”, “My Valentine”.
On this Valentine’s Day, I’m reminded of a Valentine (of sorts) from God when He said, “You are Mine!” It came through the pen of Isaiah; a message from God to His beloved Israel. It was in a time when they had wandered away and they felt the sting of His discipline. Still, He lovingly told them not to be afraid because He would take care of them. He promised them His presence, His protection, and His provision through it all.
The Apostle Paul wrote something similar to the Ephesian Christ followers in a rather lengthy passage, 1.3-14. He told them that God created them, redeemed them, and called to them, “You are accepted in the Beloved” [1.6]. In other words, “You are Mine!”
Our loving God cares for His children — day after day, week after week, year after year. He loves you. You are His! Rejoice in His love for you.
But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. Isaiah 43.1