Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matt.5:6)
Have you ever been hungry? I know we often think we are hungry. We have likely said something like, “I’m starving to death.” Maybe we have said that after eating a large meal only a few hours earlier, or a snack just moments prior to the “hunger pangs.” We eat when our stomach rumbles uncomfortably, or we eat so as to avoid the feeling of hunger. But, it is likely that most of us have never really known what it is like to be hungry. Jesus pronounces a blessing on those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. The idea is of being absolutely famished and parched. Here is one who is so hungry that he cannot focus on anything else except for satisfying his craving. Can you imagine being so destitute of even basic sustenance, and then being presented with a buffet fit for a king? How would one who is so famished and never knows when he might eat again react? I can just imagine that one in such a setting would gorge himself. How hungry are we for God’s righteousness? It’s not a matter of eating out of curiosity or boredom or habit. It is a matter of starving for the things of God.
“Father, help us to be absolutely consumed by you. Help us to realize that the things of this world will leave us empty and will never satisfy. Fill us with your righteousness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”