Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
In a land of plenty i think this world has lost the true meaning of what it is to hunger and thirst. Food is in abundance, water flows freely, clean water beneath our very fingertips. Yet while we are in excess there are millions of poor dispersed around this world, who do LITERALLY know what it is to thirst and hunger. When Jesus uses this metaphor, i believe He was also referring to hunger which is days old….. an all consuming hunger of which a bite alone would not satisfy. This is what our desire as Christians for righteousness needs to be like. We need to yearn after righteousness as a a hungry stomach needs to be filled, as a parched throat needs to be full of moisture.
Righteousness can be such a confusing concept but i think of it as being made right before God. it can be characterised as accepted standards of morality, justice and virtue. A loving obedience to Gods ways, a full faith in the Lord Jesus and a turning and repentance from and of sin. Just like food and water are our daily needs….because our body needs constant nourishment from these things to function properly… in the same way our body needs spiritual food.
God promises that those longing for these things WILL be satisfied. I love the feeling of satisfaction, it usually comes when I’ve eaten one of my Mums roast dinners. I am satisfied, content and i have reached a perfect medium, yet this satisfaction is not everlasting, the feeling soon fades and i am longing for it all over again. All over the world people are searching for satisfaction from things such as money, sex, drugs, and gambling. These may cause immediate satisfaction, but its temporary. God gives us an everlasting satisfaction, a void is filled which no other outlet or substance can make up for. Theologian Richard Neibuhr believes that once you the answer the question of what you hunger for or desire above all else, then you’ll know what your little “g” gods looks like. Knock down these gods and seek full satisfaction in your Saviour today.
My soul thirsts for You like a parched land. Fill my cup Lord, for You alone are worthy.