Day 2: Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness


Matthew 5:6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Through today’s verse of Ruby Gal’s 21 days of fasting and prayer, God reminded me of two the things I love most about Him. First, He’s not strictly “because I said so” God. And second, He has the ability and willingness to fill us in ways that this world simply can’t.

Many times in the Bible we can see examples where God gives a command, and then a very reasonable explanation as to why it ought to be followed. It blows my mind that not only does our Holy God give explanations as to why we should go ahead and follow His commands and statutes (as if His holiness weren’t enough), He knows us so well that He gives reasons that are pointed and clear, such that even we can understand and get our feet moving.

In Matthew 5:3-11, Jesus is speaking on different blessings that come to folks in different circumstances and situations. He tells of the blessing, and gives promises of mercy, comfort, fulfillment, and more.

Shouldn’t it be enough that Jesus himself is telling us exactly how to be blessed?

He’s not speaking in parables here; no interpretation or explanation is needed. He says you’ll be blessed if you and hunger and thirst after the things concerning ME. Then, because He knows us that well, he adds on an extra perk, if you will.

NOT ONLY will you be blessed, but you know what?? You’ll be filled!

This is my second point.

I’ve heard in a lot of preaching that we are born with a “God-sized” void or hole in our heart that only accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior can fill. We may wander seeking how we might be able to maintain a feeling of purpose and general glass half full perspective. Even after salvation, many Christians can walk about as if Jesus hadn’t come and taken care of that void for us.

It’s not so hard is it? We are in the the world, but we’re called to be apart from the world.

It’s not hard to look around and see the world’s definition of success and decide you want a piece of that too. It’s not hard to see the world’s definition of love and decide quit waiting on someone who can show you love the way God defines it. It’s not hard to see the world’s definition of fun and decide to turn a blind eye to the ills God has shown us of such fun.

…Or is it just me?

Surely, not.

God knows us. He knows us well enough to know that we will seek out all kinds of ways to be filled, be content, be on the high as long as possible. He invites us to seek righteousness. To hunger and thirst after His righteousness knowing and believing that the outcome will be contentment and fulfillment that even our happiest dreams could conjure up.

If we’re honest, O Souls, it’s not so hard to forget that satisfaction in the Lord is the only kind of satisfaction that will fill us and keep us. I desire contentment and fulfillment. It’s day two, and I’ll confess I started at a place where I’ve learned, once again, that hunger and thirst for the things of this world will always fail me.  I will, therefore, hunger and thirst after righteousness.


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