Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
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 that we were hungry and thirsty. Jesus used these natural 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, unhealthy, and leave us unsatisfied, but when we long for the righteousness (guiltlessness and blamelessness) that is available in Jesus, we finally find true and lasting contentment. Just as those who are filled by good food, so those who take in God’s righteousness are free from want. Jesus brings complete satisfaction.
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 be filled with Your righteousness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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