Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they will be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)
Again, the Greek word for blessed (i.e., makarios) used here has a meaning of being fortunate, prosperous or successful. That is, successful are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness! Why? Because they shall be satisfied! Satisfied with what? Righteousness of course! What is righteousness? Glad you asked! Righteousness(1) is the spiritual condition of being found right with, acceptable to or fully pleasing to God! That is, those that hunger and thirst to be found right with, acceptable to or fully pleasing to God will find that hunger completely satisfied. The relevant question is then… just how hungry are you for righteousness? (Jeremiah 29:13)
Have you ever been on a water-only fast? I have a couple of times in my life and I noticed after a few days that my body would settle for eating things that I normally did not like. For example, onions are just not one of my favorites (oddly chilies and peppers are!); however, I found my body craving even those during the water fast. Then, I made the regrettable mistake of eating a spicy hot pickled sausage upon coming off of a water fast, because it just looked so good to my eyes and my body said, yes and amen! (Proverbs 27:7) After not eating anything for several days my stomach revolted with an incredible burning sensation!
Where am I going with this? Well, if you have been spiritually fasting you will often desire things that are not good(1) for your spirit(1). Furthermore, have you noticed that if you eat things full of cane sugar that you will lose your appetite for food that is actually good for you? For example, it is lunchtime and instead of eating a proper meal you grab a candy bar or two and satiate your hunger. This gives your body carbohydrates but very little in the way of nutrients your body needs to be healthy. In a similar way we can so satiate our spiritual hunger for God with the things of this world (Isaiah 22:13) that we do not hunger and thirst for the true righteousness that comes only via accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior (1 Corinthians 1:30, Romans 5:18,19. 2 Corinthians 5:21) and then living moment by moment in relationship with Him (Colossians 2:6. 1 Thessalonians 5:17. 1 John 1:5-7).
Consequently, we live our lives feeling unacceptable and unpleasing to God (i.e., unrighteous) which is another way of saying we feel rejected by God. Realize, rejected people are quick to reject other people and easily feel rejected by others (1 John 3:18-20). Furthermore, rejected people look for something to comfort this feeling of rejection and Satan offers sin. While this may provide false comfort via temporary pleasure (Hebrews 11:25) it does not remove the feelings of rejection and make us whole. It is God alone that can bring us true comfort that removes the feelings of rejection and makes us whole! (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).
The solution is to have a proper spiritual diet and exercise, which is even more important than proper physical diet and exercise (Deuteronomy 8:3. Matthew 4:4. 1 Timothy 4:8), consisting of daily feeding on Jesus via God’s Word or Bible in study, meditation, prayer(1), worship and ministry to others (Job 23:12. John 1:1,14. Revelation 19:13. John 6:32-35. John 6:48-51. Matthew 26:26-28).
Realize, to eat of the bread of life is to feast on all Jesus Christ accomplished for humanity on the cross, through His death, resurrection and ascension (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). We will then continue to be hungry for righteousness (Psalms 19:7-10. Psalms 63:1. Psalms 119:103. Isaiah 55:1-3) with the result we will find satisfaction in God alone (Psalms 16:2. Songs 2:4. Psalms 23:5. Jeremiah 15:16. Psalms 107:9. Psalms 63:5) and not the temporary pleasures of the world (Hebrews 11:25. Luke 1:53). For the believer, the spiritual blessing of food through the Word is as important as water to drink or air to breathe(1).
Furthermore, it is only through the knowledge of God found in the Bible that a believer can have the ability to discern truth from error thus learning to avoid sin(1). Lastly, It is only through God’s revealed Word that the believer can learn the will of God and find and fight (1) (Matthew 11:12) for their destiny in life (Jeremiah 29:11) in the power of God (1), even as we look forward to our Heavenly destination (Revelation 7:16,17). Now that is something to have a BEAUTIFUL ATTITUDE about!
Links to this Series:
- The Beautiful Attitudes – Part I: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
- The Beautiful Attitudes – Part II: Blessed are those who Mourn
- The Beautiful Attitudes – Part III: Blessed are the Meek
- The Beautiful Attitudes – Part IV: Blessed are those that Hunger and Thirst
- The Beautiful Attitudes – Part V: Blessed are the Merciful
- The Beautiful Attitudes – Part VI: Blessed are the Pure in Heart
- The Beautiful Attitudes – Part VII: Blessed are the Peacemakers
- The Beautiful Attitudes – Part VIII: Blessed are those who are Persecuted
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