Key Scripture: Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
We are not very far into Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount when He makes this statement. The notion here is that those who deeply long forrighteousness are blessed. This is not a desire that is fleeting, or passes by quickly. This is a deep yearning, a never-ending hunger for Christlike righteousness, which springs from the depths of our soul. It is not a hunger or thirst that comes and goes; this type of hunger is only satisfied by Christ Himself. This is the hunger of the soul that longs to be like Jesus and to obtain the righteousness of Christ in every way.
Hunger and thirst are gifts from God, for it is by these desires we remember to eat and drink. Without eating and drinking we would not survive. To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to desire the living bread and the living water, (John 6:35 - Christ Himself) so that one may truly live. The word used for righteousness in the passage carries with it the notion of being godly. In other words, blessed is the one who hungers and thirsts for godliness. The idea of thirsting is longing from the place of being utterly parched. To thirst for Jesus is to say that He is the only thing that would satisfy.
The Psalmist says it this way in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?” The Psalmist shows this deep desire for satisfaction that can only be granted by God Himself. This hunger drives us to pursue Jesus so that we may be satisfied in Him alone.
Questions to Consider:
Do you hunger and thirst for the Lord from the depths of your soul? Do you have an active pursuit of the Lord? Has your hunger for the Lord changed over the years?
Pray that the Lord would grow your hunger for Him. Pray that the Lord would be sought after in every area of your life.