Sometimes, all it takes to find great JOY is to simply turn around.
That is what Mary Magdalene did! She was grieving and weeping.
And then, she heard the Saviour call her:
Yahushua [Jesus] said unto her, “Mary.” She turned herself, and said unto Him, “Rabboni!” which is to say, Master. (John 20:16)
We can imagine that Mary was overjoyed when she turned and saw Yahushua [the Hebrew name for Jesus].
Mary was the first person to see Messiah after He rose from the dead. What great delight she must have felt when she turned around! What a wonderful privilege to be the first to see the risen Master!
But what would have happened if she had not turned around when He called her name?
What if she had continued to sit there, wrapped up in her grieving and weeping, and ignored His call to her? What if she had not turned to see Him? She would have missed out on so much if she had ignored His call – if she had not turned around to look unto Him!
Many are like this — wrapped up in problems, anxieties, their own reasonings and imaginations. We need to turn around and away from ourselves. We need to turn from our own solutions, and begin to look to the person, Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], and look to His Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]:
Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:22)
Turn us again, O God, and cause Your face to shine; and we shall be saved. (Psalms 80:3)
When we turn around and look unto Yahuwah Elohim, the eternal, immortal Creator of all things, then we will begin to know Him as He is — a Person! We will begin know that He sees us and knows us intimately, knowing us from our very beginning! We will begin to know that, even though we cannot see Him, He is with us all the time! And, we will begin know His help and comfort and guidance. Turning to Him is the beginning of knowing and understanding His great love!
But have we ignored His call to us? Are we so confident with our own understanding, our own solutions, and therefore we have not been listening to Yahuwah’s Words?
If we will not listen to Yahuwah’s Words, can we expect Him to listen to us when we call to Him?
Then shall they call upon me [Yahuwah], but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: because they hated knowledge [God’s Words], and did not choose the fear of Yahuwah [the LORD] (Proverbs 1:28-29)
He that turns away his ear from hearing the law [God’s Torah], even his prayer shall be abomination. (Proverbs 28:9)
These Scriptures reveal a frightening thought — that Yahuwah would not answer our prayers if we reject Him!
A Man Who Called on Yahuwah
King David was a man who knew what would happen if he called on Yahuwah:
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You [Yahuwah]: for You will answer me. (Psalms 86:7)
In the day when I cried, You answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul. (Psalms 138:3)
Seven times in the Scriptures we find the phrase “David enquired of Yahuwah [the LORD]” (1Samuel 23:2,4; 30:8; 2Samuel 2:1; 5:19,23; 21:1). David was in the habit of calling on God! As a result, David was able to say: “Therefore my heart is glad!” (Psalms 16:8-9)
What was David’s secret?
It is found in Psalms 119:
“O how I love Your law [Your Torah]! It is my meditation all the day!” (Psalms 119:97)
When we understand that the English word Law is the Hebrew word Torah – which means Yahuwah’s instructions, teachings, and guidelines for His children – only then we can begin to understand King David’s secret.
King David loved the Word of Yahuwah with a passion! David wanted Yahuwah’s instruction, teachings, and guidelines! King David looked to Yahuwah, listened to Yahuwah, and trusted Father God to answer his prayers.
David cried out, “O that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes!” (Psalm 119:5)
That verse has a plea that carries a deep yearning within it. This is the kind of yearning we need when we look to Yahuwah — a yearning that is willing to listen to God and become a “DO-er” of His Word.
Looking Unto Yahuwah Elohim
There is the promise of salvation when we turn to Yahuwah. When we look unto Him, enquire of Him and His written Word, and call upon Him in the name of His Son, then there is a promise of hope and restoration and real life:
Yahushua [Jesus] said,… “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)
And Yahushua [Jesus] said unto them, “I am the bread of life: he that comes to Me shall never hunger; and he that believes on Me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)
Looking unto Yahuwah [the LORD] is to turn to Him, and listen and hearken to His Words.
Looking unto Yahuwah is to receive His written Words as they are – the Words of the Living God, Creator of the universe.
Looking unto Him is to call upon Him in the day of our trouble.
Looking unto Him is to look to His Son, Yahushua Messiah, and receive the power of His salvation:
But we preach Messiah crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Messiah – the power of God, and the wisdom of God. (1Corinthians 1:23-24)
Yes, the person of Messiah Yahushua is the power of God, and He is the wisdom God!
We will know His power and wisdom only when we look to Him — only we turn from our anxieties, from our fretting – when we humble ourselves and turn from our own reasonings, and look to Him, receive Him, and honour Him with our obedience.
A Humble Heart
May each one of us make a conscious decision to turn and heed Father’s Word, turning from ourselves, and look unto Father God and His Son Yahushua Messiah. Let us make a conscious decision to seek His written Word, set our heart on Him, and humbly receive His guidance and direction.
Those who are of a humble heart, as King David was, will love God’s Word, and be eager to listen and obey.
Those who are of a humble heart, as Mary Magdalene was, will turn around when they hear God’s Word and will look to Yahushua Messiah, the Saviour.
Both King David and Mary Magdalene had their problems and faults. They both had moments of great distress, confusion, and shame. But they turned around – they turned away from their problems and they looked unto the Person, The Living, All-Powerful God, Creator of all things.
What JOY they found by simply . . . turning around!
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