“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6
Hunger and thirst dominate my life. I am always seeking for satisfaction that I can’t find in any other source but Jesus, but I still seek. The frustration I experience when I consume counterfeit contentment always builds to a point of implosion which leaves me feeling empty and ugly.
When I seek Jesus, He reminds me that what I crave is certainly not the momentary pleasure found in my appetite, but it is nothing less than what all children of God seek—satisfaction, fulfillment, contentment. It is the whole of our longing and it is what drives us to visit other gods, to resist forgiveness for fear of revisited pain, and to elevate what should only lowered to the rightful place under the feet of Jesus who is over everything.
The blessing of being a hungry one is there is always room for the filling of the Spirit. That is the other side of this for which I live and breathe. I know when the pangs of hunger set in and thirst drives me to solitude it is then that I find myself on the resolute trek to the mountain where my strength is tested and my weakness revealed. When I do it right, I am carried to the place where glory permeates the air and joy mixes with humanity to bring forth a peace that steals every ounce of grief, desperation, exhaustion, loathing and barrenness. It is then that I love. I love my God, Jesus whose blood speaks the perfect word of grace, freedom, and life. And I love others, who with me enjoy the righteousness of Jesus and look forward to dancing with angels as we gather at the throne in festal celebration of the living God who saved us for life eternally in the new Jerusalem.
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12:22-24
Yes, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6