Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Women everywhere will wake up in anticipation of flowers, chocolates, lovely cards, jewelry, and romantic dinners out with their husbands or boyfriends.

Tomorrow evening, many women will go to sleep feeling let down, because their husbands or boyfriends failed to make their dreams come true.

From the time we are little girls, until we grow old, we long to be loved and cared about.  We dream of finding our prince charming. We crave romance. Sadly, some women will spend their entire lives looking for something that doesn’t exist-the perfect man.

Those who are married to men, who are not the romantic types, may even end up seeking a divorce in search of a more romantic guy. The lives of children will be uprooted and homes destroyed, all because the expectation of having a perfect and romantic husband led to disappointment and feelings of discontentment.

The search for love can also lead us into addictions that destroy our lives. In 1980,  there was a popular country music song, recorded by Johnny Lee, titled Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places. This could be the theme song of many women today, myself included.

True love that satisfies our thirsty and longing souls will never be found in food, alcohol, drugs, pornography, excessive spending, or extramarital affairs. In fact, these things will only leave us empty and longing for more. Eventually, they will ruin our lives and leave us filled with guilt and shame.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be loved. It’s a normal human desire. God created love. In fact, the Bible states that God is love. God created us to have a love relationship with him. While we are distracted trying to find love in all the wrong places, God is waiting for us to come to him.

God also created romance and marriage. They are beautiful things when enjoyed as he intended. However, perfect relationships do not exist. People have faults. People are not capable of loving us to the extent that God loves us.

If you are looking for real love and romance, God will never let you down. God’s love is perfect and pure. He never breaks his promises. He won’t abandon you. He loves you unconditionally. He desires intimacy with you.

Every minute we spend getting to know him better is never wasted time, for we will spend eternity with him. He is never too busy or distracted to listen to our prayers. He understands our hurt, pain, and suffering.

On this Valentines Eve, my prayer is that we will seek the true and loving God, whether we are in a loving human relationship or not.  God is the creator of love and romance. In a world filled with broken relationships and divorce, his love is the one thing we can count on forever.

 

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