Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Jesus begins this beatitude with two biological requirements—food and water. Long before we could put sounds together to form words, we innately let our parents know when we were hungry and thirsty. Jesus used these instinctive desires to make a spiritual point.
To hunger and thirst means to yearn or long for something. This yearning invades our minds and controls us. It tugs at our emotions. It directs our actions. The longing becomes the leader and we become the followers.
Some cravings are dangerous. While bringing temporary pleasure, they leave us empty and yearning for something more. That something more is Jesus who makes us right with God! Jesus brings complete satisfaction.
Talking to God
Father, give me the desire to hunger and thirst for righteousness that only Jesus can give. Often, I am hungry for spiritual junk food. Help me hunger for the food that brings lasting and meaningful satisfaction. Help me lead my children and grandchildren in the search for real satisfaction in Christ. In his name. Amen.
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