Sometimes, all it takes to find great JOY is simply to 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 at seeing Yahushua. She was the first person to see Him 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 and had not turned around to look to Him!
Many are like this — wrapped up in problems, anxieties, their own reasonings and imaginations. We need to turn around and away from ourselves; turning from our own solutions, and begin to look to the person, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], and 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 thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. (Psalms 80:3)
When we turn and look unto Yahuwah Elohim, the Creator of all things, then we will begin to know Him as He is — a Person. And we will begin know His help and comfort and guidance. Turning to Him is the beginning of knowing and understanding His great love for us!
Have we ignored His call to us? Are we confident with our own understanding, our own solutions, and thus 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: For that 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!
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 is 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 Him to answer his prayers.
David cried out, “O that my ways were directed to keep thy 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 willingness to listen to Him, and to become a “DO-er” of His Word.
Looking Unto Yahuwah Elohim
There is the promise of salvation when we turn to Yahuwah’s Words, and look unto Him, enquire of Him, and call upon Him.
Looking unto Yahuwah is to delight in Him!
Looking unto Him is to receive His Words as they are, the Words of the Living God, Creator of the universe.
Looking unto Him is to turn to Him, and hearken to His Words, and walk in obedience to Him.
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 is the wisdom God!
We will know His power and wisdom only when we look to Him — only we turn from our own solutions, turn from our own reasonings, and look to Him, receive Him, and honour Him with our obedience.
May each one of us make a conscious decision to turn and heed Father’s Word, turning from ourselves, and looking unto Yahushua Messiah and His Word, and humbly receive His guidance and direction.
Those who are of a humble heart, as King David was, will love God’s Word, 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 of these people, King David and Mary Magdalene, had their problems and faults. But they turned around and they looked unto the Person, The Living God, Creator of all things.
What JOY they found by simply . . . turning around!
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