Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Have you ever been hungry for something? You know, when you get a craving for something you just have to have it. Anything else that you try to fill that hunger with besides the object of your hunger, falls short. When I’m craving ice cream, it doesn’t matter how many cookies I eat, or how many delicious ripe strawberries I eat, or anything else that I stuff in my mouth. I will not be satisfied.
We are called here to hunger and thirst for righteousness. We are called to crave and desire and be consumed with attaining this righteousness, this dikaiosyne in the Greek. But what is it? What is this righteousness and is it achievable? I love the definition of dikaiosyne, it means the state of him who is as he ought to be. Ponder that for a moment. If I were to live my life as God intended me to live it every moment of every day, what a wonderful life that would be. That is something that I hunger for, that I yearn for. I want to be who God created me to be. I want to live in mission, to be passionate for God and to share that passion with others. That’s my mission, that’s who God created me to be. That is the righteousness that God wants me to long for.
But all too often, I substitute things for that righteousness. I stop short of God’s will for me. I miss that mark. I sin. Eventually, if I stray and stay long enough in this state apart from God’s intended path, I begin to crave these other things. I start to long for what is not good, for the unhealthy ways of this world. I gain an appetite for things that would have disgusted me before. As Proverbs 27:7 says, “One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.” But God always brings me back to Himself. He causes me to wake up and see my sin for what it is and run back to Him. Just like the prodigal son. Lord, forgive me for when I stray and give me a heart that longs for, hungers for, thirsts for you and you alone.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” Psalm 42:1