Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied Matt. 5:6
It’s hard to ignore hunger, isn’t it? When we’re really hungry it becomes difficult to work or concentrate or focus on anything else. Hunger becomes insistent. If it isn’t satisfied, it begins to consume us (literally). In the verse above, taken from the Sermon on the Mount, and one of what we call the Beatitudes, Jesus tells us about one hunger only He can satisfy — a hunger for righteousness.
According to my Bible dictionary, righteousness is “inherent or imputed guiltlessness before God.” In layman’s terms you might say it is being made right with God; or being declared “not guilty” in God’s eyes. We all know we can’t do that on our own. All the good deeds, all the striving to avoid sin, all the confessions and church services and Bible study in the world won’t get us there. For that, we need a savior. Only Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for each one of us can close the yawning gap between us and God.
So the question is, do you hunger to be saved? Do you hunger for Christ? I have to say, too often, I hunger for worldly things because they seem so much more immediate. After all, I need a house and a car and someone to love me right now! I’ll attend to that spiritual hunger later, when I have more time, when my other hungers have been sated. The problem is, later never seems to come; and the truth of the matter is, we do find the time for things we really care about. Don’t we care about Him? He should be first on our hunger list.
Be right with God now. Put the Kingdom first. You’ll be satisfied. The rest will follow.