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Matthew 5:6

Hungry, but Never Starved

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.


If you are reading this devotion from your computer screen, there is a good chance that you have never experienced real hunger. You have probably never been forced to go more than twenty-four hours without any food. The desperation of a lurking death by starvation has never been the driving force behind what you do. In fact, those of us who have never been truly hungry are able to just gloss over the word without giving it serious consideration.

Yet each of us have that basic human craving to eat regularly. We call it hunger. Although we are not starving, we still get hungry and seek relief as quickly as possible.

Normal daily hunger before mealtime is the kind of hunger Jesus was speaking of. Happy are they who hunger and thirst for a regular diet of righteousness.

"Righteousness" has several definitions, but Jesus spoke of only one kind of righteousness. Entering the kingdom with our own righteousness is highly impossible, for our righteousness is like filthy rags in the eyes of God. The righteousness of good works can never fill us, can never satisfy us, can never bring us into close relationship with God.

Nor can the righteousness of law and justice ever fill us with the peace that is only found in Jesus Christ. The law can punish and protect, remove criminals from society, guide our daily behavior, and show us our depravity, but it can never satisfy us.

The righteousness that Jesus speaks of is the righteousness that comes only from God. Attaining to the righteousness of perfection is not possible for men except by the blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Washed by His blood, our souls are free from the filth of sin, perfect in godly righteousness, and fit to enter the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who hunger for it, who must taste of it constantly throughout the day. They build a relationship with the Father through Christ and long to be in His presence and to feed off of His goodness.

Their passion for Him is like the passion of hunger, it must be satisfied. But no man hungers for His righteousness shall ever suffer the true desperation of the unfortunate who starve for lack of food. To the contrary, Jesus said that they are blessed, because they will be filled.

God has promised, "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." (Jer 29:13)

While we should hunger and thirst after His righteousness, we are guaranteed to never be left hungry. No man has ever sought after God's righteousness without being filled. David wrote, "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. "(Ps 17:15)

Peter was instructed to feed Jesus' sheep, but that was only given after he confessed that he loved Jesus. It was necessary for Peter to first hunger and thirst after righteousness before being given the charge of keeping the sheep. Spiritual prosperity demands that our overflowing cups be shared with others. Make sure that your life is about feeding the sheep. Lead the hungry to Jesus, so they too can be filled. Do this, if you love Him.

Before The Throne:

We ought to pray today for His righteousness, for the ability to set aside the trust that we have in our good works and trust only in His righteousness. Pray for an overflowing cup that can be shared with others. Give praise for the promise that we shall never be left to spiritual starvation. Seek Him today with all of your heart and you will find Him.

For Further Study:

(v.6)
** are. Ps 42:1-2; Ps 63:1-2; Ps 84:2; Ps 107:9; Amos 8:11-13; Luke 1:53; Luke 6:21, 25; Joh 6:27; ** for. Ps 4:6-7; Ps 17:15; Ps 63:5; Ps 65:4; Ps 145:19; Song 5:1; Isa 25:6; Isa 41:17; Isa 44:3; Isa 49:9-10; Isa 55:1-3; Isa 65:13; Isa 66:11; John 4:14; John 6:48-58; John 7:37; Rev 7:16;

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