Spending time with Yahuwah [the LORD] 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!
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)
As this verse 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 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. He has made a new and living way for His children to enter into His presence, behind The Veil, by the blood of His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] (1Corinthians 1:9; 1John 1:3; Hebrews 10:19,20).
Our times of prayer and Bible study are times of great personal encouragement for us. We should cherish our set-apart times with The Master! The more we set aside times for prayer and Bible study, the richer and more enjoyable it becomes. And we begin to learn what pleases our Abba ‘Daddy’ Father, learning His guidance and His voice. 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 we need Father to rescue us — to bring a deliverance to us in our daily walk with Him.
… Wait on the LORD, and He shall save [rescue, deliver] thee. (Proverbs 20:22)
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psalms 27:14)
As we see in the above Scriptures, when we are seeking Yahuwah — by prayer and Bible study, and 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 because we are living in days that are as 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. It is an uneasiness that can be remedied only by drawing near to Yahuwah every day by prayer, and by studying His Word so that we may be a ‘DO-er’ of His Word!
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 [Jesus Christ].
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 this 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. She 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)!! However, if we do not have an firm commitment, the will to focus [with determination] regarding 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 make the necessary adjustments in our schedule 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 Abba 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 —
- being quiet and patient with Him,
- talking from the heart, speaking to Him about the smallest of details,
- seeking His Words [in the Bible] and His directions, learning to know His voice,
- gaining 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 whatsoever, to draw near to The Master. Her endurance and perseverance was eternally valuable — an everlasting weight of glory! (2Corithians 4:17)
Mary made the 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