The Scriptures tell us that ‘happy’ or ‘blessed’ are the people who keep God’s testimonies, and who seek God with their whole heart:
Blessed (happy) are they that keep His testimonies, (and that) seek Him with the whole heart. (Psalms 119:2)
That word ‘keep’ is the Hebrew word ‘natsar’ (Strong’s #5341), which means to guard, protect, maintain, observe, obey.
If we desire to keep and obey God’s testimonies, if we want to walk with Him and do what He has called us to DO, then we must first ‘seek’ Him, and find out what His Word [the Bible] says. We must seek His testimonies with a whole heart, seeking what He has said!
But what does it really mean, to seek God?
When we seek God, we are searching and studying His Word, seeking Him and inquiring of Him through prayer and supplication. We are searching through His Word — the Words spoken by THE WORD of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] — THE WORD, who is none other than the person of Messiah (John 1:1,14).
What does it mean for us to seek Him with the whole heart?
When we seek for something with a ‘whole heart‘, then we are searching with great desire, diligence, and even with a measure of passion and agony. ALL our attention and energy will be focused on the one thing we are seeking!
There is a story told in the Gospels, of a woman who lost one coin, and so she sought for it diligently:
Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. (Luke 15:8-9)
From the above Scripture example, we can be certain that ‘seeking diligently’ is to seek with a ‘whole‘ heart. Seeking diligently is not half-hearted seeking!
What do you and I do, when we lose something valuable?
Do we not search diligently and intensely?!?
Yes! We look desperately, anxiously, searching and seeking until we find the lost treasure!
This is the way we are to seek God — diligently and intensely!
Those who find the Words of Messiah, and come to know Him, are those who seek Him with ALL their heart.
Here is a clue that Father has given us:
And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
The above Scripture tells us we will find God, if we search for Him with all our heart!
Seek and You Shall Find
If we are going to seek our Heavenly Father with ALL our heart, then we must have an earnest, intense, and concentrated desire to find Him — a consuming desire to search for Him, as searching persistently for great treasure!
We need to have such an intense desire that we are willing to overcome any difficulties (Acts 14:22). Our heart must be FULL of desire to know God, to understand Him, to obey His Word, and to become His friend. We must search deliberately, thoroughly, and patiently, until we know that we have found Him — Him Who is our greatest treasure! (see Proverbs 2)
If we are to seek Him, we must not be satisfied with an impersonal, formal, outward ceremony that claims to ‘make things right.’ We must not be satisfied with man‘s definition of what it means to ‘find God’ or to be ‘right with God’.
Instead, we must yearn to know God and His presence, according to the Scriptures, seeking Him for ourselves, personally. Finding Yahuwah will happen — only when we are desperate to know Him, desperate to know Him as a person, and to know His truth, for ourselves!
It is possible to know God! — to know Him, to love Him, and to know His character and His ways – confidently!
We can grow in our knowledge of God. We can become better acquainted with Him everyday, by studying and obeying His Words, and by crying out to Him in our prayer closet, asking Him to show us Himself through His Word.
It is through His WORD alone that we come to know Him, after we have persistently searched for Him with all our heart!
Yahuwah Elohim wants us to know Him! But we must be serious in our quest for Him.
If You Love Me
Look at what He has told us:
- You shall call upon me [Yahuwah Elohim (the LORD God)], and you shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart! And I will be found of you, saith Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Jeremiah 29:12-14a)
- Be still (cease fretting, cease resisting), and know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10a)
- Keep my Sabbaths holy, [set-apart as special]; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that you may know that I am Yahuwah [the LORD] your God. (Ezekiel 20:20)
- Know ye that Yahuwah He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. (Psalms 100:3)
- And this is life eternal, that they might know You, the only true God, and Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], whom You have sent. (John 17:3)
- If ye love me, keep [obey] my commandments. (John 14:15)
As these verses tell us, all who genuinely seek to know Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], seek to love Him, understand Him, are those who choose to accept His Son, Yahushua, and choose to keep and obey His testimonies and His commandments.
But in order to know His Son, and know what His testimonies and commandments are, we must earnestly seek Him by prayer, and by reading/studying His WORD in the written Scriptures, and by obeying Him — this is seeking Him with ALL our heart!
Everyone who desires to know God, must have this:
- a very strong commitment and attitude of mind to search for God, and to love Him! If we are going to find Him, then must we must not be lazy!
We must begin to search for Him first, through His Word in the Scriptures [the Bible], and then through prayer. It takes studying and reading the Bible for ourselves, reading it over and over, soaking our mind and heart in His Words (Psalms 119:11).
Our seeking must be persistent, even forceful! We must cry out to Him, to give us understanding, strength, and patience! Otherwise we will not overcome our own weaknesses, nor the temptation to give up.
Have we ever wondered why God hides Himself, while only giving out clues here and there?
It is because He yearns for those who greatly desire to know Him, according to His Word, and to remain in His presence! He longs for children who seriously want to love Him, and who want to show their love for Him. But we must begin to learn His Word, and begin (even in very small ways) to be obedient to His family ‘House Rules’ — the guidelines He gives us in Scripture!
Getting to know God personally results in an ever-increasing, inner peace. Knowing God results in an assurance of His love and of His guidance! Learning God’s Word and His Ways, and walking in His truth brings a contentment to our life that surpasses understanding!
Therefore, let us take firm hold of His promise: Yahuwah IS a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him! (Hebrews 11:6; see also Psalms 119:165)
The apostle Paul sought Messiah, and found Him.
Paul was willing to suffer the loss of all things, counting them as rubbish, in order to gain the supremely excellent fellowship and friendship of Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus] (Philippians 3:8).
May it be, Dear Thirsty Soul, that you and I will have the same, all-consuming desire and passion that Paul had!
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