Spending time with Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] is to draw near to Him. It is when we look to Him for guidance, comfort, and mercy.
It is good for us to draw near to Him and seek Him:
It is good for me to draw near to Elohim [God]: I have put my trust in the Master Yahuwah [the Lord GOD]…. (Psalms 73:28)
Yahuwah is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. (Lamentations 3:25)
As these verses teaches us, when we draw near to Yahuwah, the Holy One of Israel, and spend time with Him, the result is always good for us!
“As we lift up our soul in prayer to the living God, we gain the beauty of holiness as surely as a flower becomes beautiful by living in the sunlight.”
— from The Kneeling Christian
Let Me Hear Your Voice
Our Messiah Bridegroom delights in our closeness. He desires our fellowship! He wants us to spend TIME with Him!
He calls unto His Bride to ‘come away’ from all distractions, and draw near unto Him:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. … let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice.” (Song 2:10-14)
Yahuwah Elohim has called us unto fellowship with Him. The way is open to enter into His presence, by the blood of His Son, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] (1Corinthians 1:9; 1John 1:3; Hebrews 10:19,20).
Our times of prayer and Bible study are times to draw near to the heavenly Father. We should cherish our set-apart times with The Master [the Lord]! The more we set aside time for daily prayer and Bible study, the richer and more encouraging it becomes.
As we learn to do what pleases our heavenly Father, then our desire to spend time with Him, and draw near to Him grows stronger. As Kari Jobe sings in her song, The More I Seek You, the more we seek Yahuwah, the more we find Him!
A Rescue Comes
There are many times when, in our weaknesses, we need Yahuwah to strengthen us. Often, we need a rescue — a deliverance from our fears or anxieties. This is why it is so important to seek Him regularly:
… Wait on Yahuwah [the LORD], and He shall save [rescue, deliver] thee. (Proverbs 20:22)
Wait on Yahuwah [the LORD]: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on Yahuwah. (Psalms 27:14)
As we see in the above Scriptures, when we are seeking Yahuwah — by daily prayer and Bible study, by waiting for direction from Him — a rescue [a deliverance/a solution] happens for us. He strengthens our inner-most being. And, as we saw in The Key to Gaining Understanding, when we are seeking Father by studying His Word [the Bible], then we will gain understanding and wisdom.
Just spending time with our Master brings a refreshing to our souls! We need these times of refreshing daily because we are living in days that are like the days of Lot. Lot was vexed when he saw and heard of so much grievous, lawless behaviour.
We too can be greatly distressed by the lawless behaviour of these days. Only by drawing near to Yahuwah can we find some peace. By seeking the Master every day (especially the first thing) by prayer, and by studying His Word, only then we can be of good courage, and confidently follow His Ways!
Mary, in Luke 10:38-42, was determined to be near The Master. She put everything aside to draw near to Yahushua. She was sitting at His feet, listening to His Words.
In this passage, Mary had a desire to be near to The Master, Yahushua Messiah.
Yet Mary’s sister, Martha, was fretting. Martha was complaining, “Mary isn’t helping!” However, Yahushua responded [as we might say today], “Mary has chosen wisely!”
Do you sometimes think like Martha? From Martha’s perspective, Mary was wasting her time, Mary was not being useful!
But drawing near to Yahushua was a special time for Mary. It was a special time for Yahushua as well! He was delighted with Mary for her choice in spending time with Him. Her choice would not be taken away from her.
Mary was focused and determined! She did not allow her sister to distract her.
Mary must have known, that only goodness and benefit could result from being with The Saviour! She must have known too, that she needed to seek His Words for herself, and not rely on second-hand information.
There is a reward awaiting us for spending time with The Master: “He rewards those who seek Him! (Hebrews 11:6)!!
But, if we do not have an firm commitment, a determination to focus on our goal — prayer and Bible study — well, you know what happens. We will be distracted. Our desired goal will fall by the way-side, settling onto the pile of ‘unfulfilled hopes.’
Prayer and personal Bible study
are desires/goals that should never fall
onto the pile of unfulfilled hopes!
Aiming To Please Him!
Spending time with The Master is truly a glorious honour. We are blessed beyond measure when we seek Yahuwah, learning His Ways and His Word. Let us ask Father’s help to make it our aim to please Him (2Corinthians 5:9), by honouring Him with our time, our praise, and our devotion.
When we seek Yahuwah with ‘the whole heart’, a gladness of heart comes to us (Psalms 119:2). This whole-heartedness was a characteristic of Joshua and Caleb as well!
Yet it requires a conscious decision to persevere, to remain patient, to endure, and to make the necessary adjustments so that we will have times of prayer and Bible study each day! Even a few minutes at a time can change our whole day and will result in great benefit!
- “I would rather pay the price to hear God’s voice personally, regardless of how difficult the circumstances may be, than to have to settle for always hearing from Him secondhand. The more time we spend studying God’s character and ways, the easier we will recognize His precious voice.” — Joy Dawson
- “Time spent in prayer is never wasted.” — François Fenelon
(For helpful prayer tips see: Three Tips For Persevering In Prayer.)
Oh the wonderful mercy of our heavenly Father! He is worthy for us to persevere through all the struggles and not give up!
How blessed is the one who draws near to Yahuwah every day by —
- being quiet and patient before Him,
- talking from the heart, speaking to Him about the smallest of details,
- seeking His Words [in the Bible] and His guidance,
- seeking to have a willing and obedient heart!
May we be as Martha’s sister, Mary. Mary cherished her set-apart time with The Master.
Mary must have known it was no loss at all, to draw near to The Master. Her endurance and perseverance was eternally valuable — an ever-lasting weight of glory! (2Corithians 4:17)
Mary made the right choice — to spend time with The Master!
- Words of Wise Men Are Heard in Quiet
- Trusting in Yahuwah With All Your Heart – Part One
- Joshua and Caleb: “Messiah-in-You”
- He Inclined His Ear Unto Me
- Prayer – Our Life-line to the Father
- Contending For The Faith
- Seeking God With All Our Heart