“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.”
Matthew 5:6, NAS
When my daughter was a toddler, she would often say, “Hungry and thirsty, Daddy.” Jesus has everything that we need for satisfaction. We should never fear depleting His supply. His cupboard is never bare. (John 6:35) The word “filled” that Jesus uses in Matthew 5:6 indicates that it is God who does the filling, even though His name is never mentioned in the Beatitudes. It is implied that He is the initiator and fulfiller of true righteousness. He not only impresses but also satisfies us at the deepest level.
God salts our soul to make us hunger and thirst for Him. He says that “our righteousness must surpass that of the Scribes and Pharisees,” (Matthew 5:20) using a word that means to overflow the banks of a river. His righteousness is not legalism but a longing for the Righteous One to live through us. He also creates this hunger in relation to Scripture: “There is a famine for hearing the words of the Lord.” (Amos 8:11) Reading through these daily devotionals will whet your appetite for more of God and His Word.
Though He initiates, we must respond, because Christianity is a “no deposit/no return” lifestyle. In other words, the more you put in, the more you get out of it. Frankly, you are as godly as you want to be. The glorious truth is that consumption increases your capacity for God; there is no law of diminishing returns. Though I love ice cream, eating successive double-dip, peanut butter chocolate cones only decreases my craving. Yet, each new experience of tasting and seeing that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8) only makes me want to be more like Jesus.
QUESTION: How would you rate your passion for Christ’s righteousness today? How would you rate your passion for the Word?