During my lifetime, I have spoken to many people about their concept of Yahweh; Who is He? Our views of this great Creator are multiple; we love Him, we’re awed by Him, we’re scared of Him, we’re flippant or indifferent about Him, and some of us simply don’t believe He exists. Who is He to you? The apostle Paul wrote, “How unsearchable are his judgements, and his ways past finding out.” [Romans 11:33] and “…no one knows the thoughts of [Elohim] except the Spirit…” [1 Corinthians 2:11] Many such scriptures teach us that Yahweh in His essential nature, is incapable of being searched into or understood. A.W. Tozer describes Him as “…a Being whose attributes and greatness are beyond our powers of understanding, or even of thought.”
Even so, the Bible seems to assume that we can know Yahweh in as real and tangible way as we know other people or ordinary things. We are encouraged to, “Taste and see that Yahweh is good.” [Psalm 34:8] We are told that His garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia. [Psalm 45:8] We know that His sheep hear His voice, [John 10:27] and Yahshua assured us that the pure in heart would see Yahweh. [Matthew 5:8] We understand our physical world through these natural senses which were given to us for this purpose. I believe that, in a similar way, we are given spiritual aptitudes by which we can begin to know Yahweh. Only the Holy Spirit can breathe life into these aptitudes and He will do this if we obey His inner promptings to begin to seek for a knowledge of Yahweh.
Through His prophet, Yahweh said, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” [Jeremiah 29:13] He wants us to know that He is always there to be found. However, the seeking must be personal, prompted and nurtured by the Holy Spirit; it begins with a deep spiritual hunger to know Yahweh more. Who He is to each of us, will keep on changing, developing and expanding as we continue to seek Him. It is a lifetime’s journey, it will be neither dreary nor disappointing, only an ever-increasing, inexpressible joy.
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