HUNGERING AND THIRSTING; Food for the Soul

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”

Jesus Christ urges us into activity.  The activity is urgent, vehement; it is the most energetic activity that one could possibility imagine, therefore Jesus employs the metaphor of hungering and thirsting.

HungerThere no need more basic to the physical man than food and water. When these are not available there is starvation and dehydration. It will prove fatal unless supplies are found. There is pain and suffering as the body cries out for moisture and nutrition.

Therefore Christ is teaching us that if we truly acknowledge with submission all that God says about who and what we are – there will be a hunger and thirst arising from the starved and withered soul.

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”

I want to be blessed by God; you want to be blessed by God. But God’s favour does not come upon our lives when we are passive – we must do something we must actively pursue righteousness. But we will not pursue this unless we sense our need. Do we realise our need – only then will there be a hunger and a thirst after righteousness.

Let us appreciate the emphasis – He is not telling us that success belongs to the powerful, the rich, the educated – in this case the blessing is for the righteous. This is what God wants us to pursue.

famineHow desperate was the plight of the Prodigal Son!  Wallowing among the pigs, eating the food that they ate; competing with them for his breakfast, dinner and supper; grovelling in the mud.  What pain was he in to drive him to such despair? Only then did He experience a greater hunger; for home, for family, for Father; then he came to himself.  When will we learn that all that we derive pleasure from in this world is grovelling with the pigs?  Oh for a hungering for that which really counts – grace, forgiveness, righteousness!

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”

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