2002-07-01 - Getting Hungry
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
If you have ever had a finely cooked meal or a drink that really satisfies then you know that there can be a blessedness about food and drink. This is universally recognized by both Christians and non-Christians. You certainly don't need to be a Christian to know when you are enjoying a finely cooked meal. One thing I think this verse is telling us is that there is a blessing beyond this that only the Christians knows. The Christian knows of another kind of thirsting and hungering and as this verse says such a hunger is seeking to feed on the things of God, specifically righteousness.
This blessing is even more than that, however. It is not only the advantages of seeing beyond the blessings of simply food and drink, but it is also a blessing to us not to be focused on those things. To thirst after better things is what Christ had in mind when He rebuked Martha in Luke 10:38-42. In fact, this is a fitting example because Martha seems to have been distracted by food preparations and Christ said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one..." Luke 10:41, 42.
In all this hungering and thirsting, it really wouldn't be all that helpful if we did not have the punch line. It would be cruel. The result of the Christian's hungering and thirsting after righteousness is that they will be filled or satisfied. Without that last part we might still be able to say that we are blessed, but we would have to think of it as a future, heavenly blessing. But that is not what is being said here. Seeking righteousness does have the result of helping to mortify our sinfulness. It is hard to seek righteousness if we are plunging ourselves headlong into sin. But there is even more here. Our seeking after these things results in satisfaction. We will be filled.
We might ask what this will look like in our lives. I mean, how will we know if we are filled? I think it looks variously with each of us. Again, I think it is like that finely cooked meal we started with. It would not matter how finely you cooked me liver. I just don't think I would like it. But you can do anything with chicken, and I will probably enjoy it. Just as there are various tastes that we each have, I think our hungering and thirsting after righteousness will look differently with each of us. Likewise, so will the manifestation of our being filled. We all have different needs and parts of our spiritual walk that we need to seek to be filled in. What we are each to do is seek, pray, and wait for the Lord to bless us with His favor.
Soli Deo Gloria,