Have you ever been hungry? I mean – really hungry? I mean so hungry that you can’t think about anything else? The Bible says in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.”
What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness? Before we talk about what it means, lets take a few moments to look at what it does not mean. It is not about gratifying lust, accomplishing goals or satisfying ego. Now stop for just a moment to realize and admit that this is exactly where we expend most of our energy on most days. We have some lust that we are trying to gratify, some goal that we are trying to accomplish or an ego that we want to satisfy. And the big problem is that day after day we give ourselves to the pursuit of gratification, accomplishment or satisfaction only to come up short and still looking for the something that is missing! Come on and admit it – a lot of days we feel like a rat running on a spinning wheel inside of a wire cage!
God has something better! He wants to provide us with satisfaction, but it requires something on our part. It requires that we be hungry and thirsty. A hungry/thirsty person has an all-consuming passion for food and drink and that is it – nothing els matters! A spiritually hungry person has an all-consuming passion for the right stuff of God and everything else is icing on the cake. A spiritually hungry person is a person who has come to the realization that nothing else in life will do, if I don’t pursue God and His plan of blessing for my life.
What are you hungry and thirsty for today? Be honest with yourself and with God. You may not be hungry and thirsty for the righteousness of God and that is okay if you will admit and do something about it. If you are not really hungry and thirsty for the right stuff of God, then take some time to ask God to help you to get hungry and thirsty. Seriously – take some time right now to ask God to help you to be hungry for more of Him. Pray this prayer: “God help me to be hungry and thirsty for you!” Keep praying this prayer all day long!
Join me back here tomorrow and we will take a look at three steps that we must take to hunger and thirst for righteousness! We can do this!