God Has Put Eternity Into Our Heart

King Solomon was known as a man whose ‘wisdom excelled the wisdom of all others’ (1Kings 4:30).

God gave King Solomon extraordinary wisdom and insights into multiple issues of this life. One issue Solomon addressed was the gnawing emptiness deep inside every person. It is an emptiness that only Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] can fulfill and satisfy:

God has put eternity into man’s heart…. (Ecclesiastes 3:11b ESV)

This little phrase reveals the inescapable reality that eternity resides within us. We are born with this reality of eternity!

Within every human heart is a deep-rooted, central core yearning for the everlasting, eternal God. We will never escape what has been created deep within us.

We may try to ignore and deny the truth of this eternal reality of our Creator’s design within us, but willful ignorance and denial only hardens our heart to truth.

If we are honest, we will recognize the inner longing deep within us — a longing that only our eternal Creator can resolve!

Whether we like it or not, we are all linked to the LORD God from deep inside ourselves. And whenever we encounter our Creator’s Words, His truth, His ways, and His Presence, if we are honest, our spirit responds with a powerful, resounding ‘Yes!’

We are created and born with an inner desire to know and love and follow our Creator, Yahuwah Elohim. That is exactly what He intended, as the Scriptures tell us. From the moment of our beginning, in our mother’s womb, God placed within us a desire to follow His instructions and to love Him:

“… the people which shall be created shall praise Yahuwah [the LORD]” (Psalms 102:18b).

The written Scriptures [the Bible], inspired by the Holy Spirit, reveal the unchanging, eternal instructions that Yahuwah intended for us to follow. When we study the Bible, we discover that its message is a single, unified, and consistent message woven throughout its writings.

The Bible’s Basic Message

The Bible’s Basic Message is this:  Yahuwah created us according to an eternal design, and if we choose to accept His design and follow His instructions, things will be well with us! But if we choose to disregard and reject His instructions, and do whatever our own imagination wishes, then we will ultimately be miserable!

It shall be well with them that fear God! (Ecclesiastes 8:12b)

God clearly admonishes in the Scriptures, over and over, that it will be well with those who fear Him.

The ‘fear of God’ is not a slave-like fear. No, it is a humble, trusting, reverence and respect, as a son has for his father.

Yahuwah Elohim is the heavenly Father above, and we are as little children here on the earth. This fact alone makes Him worthy of our adoration and honour and respectful fear. He is MUCH bigger than you and me, in every way!!

We fear Yahuwah Elohim by a genuine desire to please Him because of His righteousness, His purity, and His holiness — and, because of His great love for us! He tells us of His intimate loving attention: His eye is upon us at all times, and His ear is open to our cries, as the Psalms repeatedly tell us (Psalms 3:4; 33:18; 34:15; 77:1; 116:1,2)!

Choose Life

Let us remember that Yahuwah is MIGHTY! He is not wishy-washy! He is not sentimental or lovey-dovey! He excellently and thoroughly explains His ways to us, and then He expects us to follow His ‘house-rules’ — His Torah [His teachings, instructions, and guidelines], so that things will be well with us!

He has told us that His ways are not burdensome, and that His ways are not grievous. He tells us we CAN obey Him. And He tells us that His strength is available to ENABLE us to obey Him, to walk according to His ‘house-rules’ (Matthew 11:28-30; 1John 5:3; Deuteronomy 13:4; Jeremiah 7:23; Acts 5:32; 2Corinthians 9:8; 12:9; Hebrews 4:16; 12:28).

When Yahuwah says that it shall be well with those who fear Him, He is telling us that He will come to our help, by His Holy Spirit, and He will bless us, whenever we genuinely seek to obey His Words.

But He also tells us: Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him (Isaiah 3:11). Yahuwah warns us over and over, to avoid the way of the wicked! He urges us to choose life and blessing [His eternal ways, as expressed in His commandments] — and to shun death and cursing [the way of sinners, who continue to disobey His commandments]!

The Essence of Our Fear Toward God

King Solomon declared the duty of each person:

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

Such wisdom that this verse reveals is truly profound and enduring throughout ALL generations! Our duty is simple and uncomplicated — to fear God and keep His commandments, as they are written in the Bible!

Our earnest obedience to Yahuwah and His Word establishes us in a greater level of understanding and peace-of-mind! Why? Because we are finally fulfilling our Creator’s plans and intentions for us!

Our earnest obedience to Yahuwah and His Word satisfies the persistent yearning we have for the eternal reality! Why? Because we are finally functioning smoothly and correctly, according to the design we were created for — to love and follow the everlasting Creator — Yahuwah Elohim!

Man was made in the image of God, and nothing will satisfy man but God, in whose image he was made.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

Father in heaven, thank You for Your great love and care for me! Help me to love You and honour You by following Your Word with my whole heart. In the name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah, I pray. Amen.

Related Articles:

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Commitment, Guidance, Warnings

The Journey of This Life: Walking with Messiah

mountain trailYahuwah [the LORD] blessed Abraham,
and made a Covenant with him:
that he and his descendants would receive
the promise of a great Blessing.

Yahuwah blessed Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus],
and made a Covenant with Him and His followers:
that they too would receive
the promise made to Abraham,
of a great Blessing.

The promise of Blessing made to Abraham
is given to all who have the faith of Abraham,
and it is sure and steadfast to all who follow Messiah,
to walk with Him in the journey of this life.

What makes the patriarch, Abraham, so blessed?
We know he was blessed because he believed God.
We know he was faith-FULL.
Is there something more?
Notice this verse:

By FAITH Abraham,
when he was called to go out
into a place
which he should after receive for an inheritance,
he obeyed; and he went out,
not knowing where he went.
(Hebrews 11:8).

Abraham went out . . . not knowing.
Abraham did not . . . ‘think about it.’
Abraham did not . . . ‘put it off until later.’
Abraham did not . . . ‘wait until tomorrow.’
Abraham went out . . .
Not knowing any of the details!

We are all called by God
to believe in Messiah,
to come to Him,
and then to go out . . .
go out of this world’s prideful, lustful ways.

When we look to Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God],
then He begins the process of calling us
and bringing us out of “Egypt” —
out of worldiness and corruption and sin.

God calls us to come out
so that He can bring us in —
to set us on the journey into His kingdom
of righteousness, peace, and joy.

We are all called by God.
The question is, will we go out — even if we do not know?
Can we make the journey that faithful Abraham did,
to obey God — and to go out, not knowing?

Will we go out to Him?
Will we go to Him, outside the camp
— outside our comfort zone
— not knowing where He will lead us,
bearing the reproach He endured?
(Hebrews 13:13).

“If it is absolutely necessary to you
to first know the answers to life’s questions,
then forget the journey.
You will never make it.
Because life’s journey is a journey of unknowables —
a journey of unanswered questions,
of enigmas and mysteries,
of incomprehensibles,
and, most of all,
a journey of things unfair.”
— Madame Guyon

Our journey through this life is a journey of unknowables.
For Abraham, his journey was filled with unknowables!
Many times, his questions went unanswered.

And like Abraham,
we too will have a journey of unknowables,
we too will have questions that go unanswered.

But we can be sure of one thing
the one and only thing
that is sure and unchanging:
God’s Word.

God’s Word,
His laws, commandments, and precepts,
are permanent, solid, reliable,
and eternal;
and in the journey of this life,
we can count on God’s absolute promise:

  • God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6; see also Genesis 15:1)

Faithful Abraham believed in, and trusted in
the one and only thing
that is unchanging and dependable:
the Word of God
— living, powerful, piercing, discerning,
and sharper than any twoedged sword!

As we too believe in and trust in Messiah,
then we too will find the one and only thing
that is unchanging, and completely dependable:
the Word of God
— as we walk with Messiah in the journey of this life.

Related Posts:

Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Commitment, Encouragement, Faithfulness

Six Little Things That Make a Big Difference

six flowersWe all desire to reap the fruit of our labours.

We prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water the garden, and wait patiently.

We set up a fence, weed the garden, and then expect to receive the results — the fruit of our labours. We expect to receive the seed’s promise of fruitfulness.

In our spiritual garden of life, we also desire to receive the promise of fruitfulness, and to inherit God’s promises.

But just as Abraham and Joshua had to walk or ‘tread’ through the land of promise, one step at a time, we too must do the same (Hebrews 11:8-9; Joshua 1:3).

We must walk/tread through our life’s journey with Messiah, patiently, one little step at a time, in order to be fruitful, and to inherit what God has already promised.

“And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:11-12).

“…for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20b).

It is our little mustard seed of faith — our heartfelt faith-FULL-ness — that moves Father to show Himself strong on our behalf. He strengthens us to walk with Him, day by day, as we see in this next verse:

“For the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect [fully committed] toward Him” (2Chronicles 16:9a).

If we desire Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] strength, we must remain fully committed to Him.

But how can we maintain a ‘fully-committed’ heart?

Here are six little things that will help.

1) Tenderheartedness

Simply being tenderhearted makes us a favorable and likely candidate for Yahuwah to HEAR and answer our prayers! Making the simple decision to be tenderhearted [humble] can make the difference between the strength to follow Yahuwah, honouring Him in all we do, or the lack of strength to follow Him, as these verses teach us:

Because your heart [King Josiah] was tender, and you did humble yourself before God, when you heard His [God’s] Words … I have even HEARD you also, says Yahuwah [the LORD].  (2Chronicles 34:27)

And if we know that He HEAR us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. (1John 5:15)

Be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, but God gives grace [His enablement] to the humble. (1Peter 5:5b)

—–

2) Prayer

Simply talking to Father, and seeking His guidance each day, and in every circumstance, makes it possible for Yahuwah to direct our path, and makes us more open to receive His guidance and His peace! Seeking Father by simple, sincere prayers can make the difference between knowing God’s guidance, or fumbling around ‘in the dark’ for direction, as these verses teach us:

In ALL your ways acknowledge Him – Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] – and He shall DIRECT your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)  

Then [King] David enquired [asked] of Yahuwah [the LORD] …. And Yahuwah answered him …. (1Samuel 23:4a) 

in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. (Philippians 4:6-7)

—–

3) Study of God’s Word

Simply studying God’s Word every day increases our ability to avoid sin! Studying God’s Word [the Holy Bible], orderly and carefully, and doing what it says, makes us more able to receive Father’s insight and direction. It is Father’s insight and wisdom that can make the difference between a certainty of action, or being hesitant and indecisive, as these verses teach us:

Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You [Yahuwah]. (Psalms 119:11)

The entrance of Your Words gives light [truth and wisdom]; Your Word gives understanding unto the simple [the meek and humble]. (Psalms 119:130)

—–

4) Obedience

Simply obeying what the Scriptures say purifies our soul, and keeps us on Father’s pathway to the goal of inheriting eternal life! We discover a verse or a passage that we need to begin to obey, and then we begin to walk in it.

We adjust our lifestyle so that we can live according to Father’s desires [His Torah], because we understand that His Word is our supreme authority. Obedience to God’s Word can make the difference between walking confidently in Father’s pathway, or missing Father’s very best for us, as these verses teach us:

Seeing you have PURIFIED your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit (1Peter 1:22a)

… by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory and honour and immortality, and He will give eternal life (Romans 2:7)

Be faithful unto death, and I [Yahushua] will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10b)

—–

5) Crying Out

Simply crying out to Yahuwah in our troubles has the promise of being delivered and rescued out of our distresses! When we cry out to Father in the midst of our troubles, concerns, or questions, asking for His help, it can make the difference between a divine intervention on our behalf, or a situation that could sadly become worse, as these verses teach us:

Then they cried unto Yahuwah [the LORD] in their trouble, and He delivered them, He saved them, and He brought them out of their distresses. (Psalms 107:6, 13, 19, 28)

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon You. In the day of my trouble I will call upon You: for You will answer me. (Psalms 86:5, 7; see also: Psalms 30:2; 34:6; 120:1; 138:3)

—–

6) Loving and Serving

Simply loving those in our midst by serving them, makes us qualified to receive rewards from King Yahushua Messiah, when He returns in His glory! Loving and serving others in the name of our Saviour can make the difference between receiving Father’s favor, or being separated from Him, as these verses teach us:

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ . . . the King will answer them and say unto them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40).

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which you have showed toward His name, in that you have ministered to [served] the saints, and do minister [continue to serve them]. (Hebrews 6:10)

—–

Conclusion

When our heart is devoted to Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], and we desire to love and honour Messiah in every way, then, with Father’s grace, it will become easy for us to do these six simple things.

These six things will help us to maintain a fully-committed heart to Yahuwah. These little actions are as simple as watering our spiritual garden, and then reaping the benefits!

Though small and simple, these six little things can make a big difference in our own life, and in the lives of those around us.

Thank You Father, for Your amazing Word that guides me according to Your lovingkindness and wisdom. May I always be open to receive Your grace to do these simple things, and to live a life that is pleasing in Your sight. In Yahushua Messiah’s name, I pray. Amen

Helpful Links:

► For tips on being tenderhearted, see:

► For tips on prayer, see:

► For tips on studying the Bible, see:

► For tips on being obedient, see:

► For tips on crying out to God, see:

► For tips on loving and serving others, see:

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Commitment, Faithfulness, Godly Living, Prayer
1a--Weekly Quote Pic
"No liberty is true and no joy is genuine unless it is founded in the fear of Yahuwah [the LORD] and a good conscience.”
— Thomas, à Kempis

Boy with Binoculars

Take A Closer Look!

Devotion:
A kiss is not 'just a kiss.' When a kiss happens, something very mysterious and significant happens. In the same way, when we give our heart to Yahushua Messiah, we enter into a mysterious and significant covenant relationship with Him.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Daily Thought

Trail Steps w 2Questions
Are you satisfied? Or do you want to go further? If you would like to go further, then begin to understand and obey the 2nd Commandment.

Bible picture

For an indepth study on Biblical guidelines for learning how to study God's Word for ourselves, see the following:
Categories
Disclaimer
Cold Waters To A Thirsty Soul does not necessarily agree with, nor endorse, all the content of other websites, articles, videos, or persons referenced within this blog. "Prove all things with Scripture, and hold fast that which is good."

"Eat the meat, and spit out the bones."
Copyright Notice
These writings © 2011-2017 coldwaterstoathirstysoul.

All writings within this Site are intended only for those subscribers who have chosen to receive them for their own use.

Subscribers are encouraged to copy and distribute this material, if "copied right," to be used only for the Glory of Yahuwah Elohim, and not for any commercial purposes whatsoever. You may print and share the content as long as you give full credit to this blog: "Cold Waters to a Thirsty Soul".
%d bloggers like this: