Matthew 5:6; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Various
Appetite for Right
Matthew 5:6; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Various
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.
As we continue on with our study of the blessings from the Sermon on the Mount, we come to a blessing I can relate too! Having an appetite for right. The “Beatitudes are blessings are that Jesus pronounced on the crowd asking for God to show his favor on them. These blessing bring a spiritual joy that comes from God into our hearts and floods them with His joy and love.
Matthew 5:6 says Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Now I said I can relate because I have an appetite. A desire for food to eat. But I really can’t relate when it comes to hunger. When you’re really hungry or thirsty, you’ll do anything you can to get food or drink. It’s like you’re starving. And I have never really known that kind of hunger. I’ve gone without meals before but I’ve never done it because there wasn’t anything to eat in the cabinet.
You see, in all the blessing we have had there is a since of emptiness. The poor in spirit are spiritually destitute or bankrupt. The ones who more are void of joy because of the condition of the world. Those that are meek are in need of justice and are waiting on God. And the ones who hunger and thirst for righteousness are dying because long for what is right in God’s eyes.
Some of the most evocative words in the Old Testament come from Ecclesiastes 3:11: God has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man’s mind, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. God has given us an inborn since of what is right and wrong. He has “revealed” himself in creation. He has made himself known in our inner most beings. We are hungry for his righteousness to fill us.
The other night I had a taste for something but I didn’t know what. Yes it was a craving but I couldn’t put my mind on what it was so I started filling my pie hole with all kinds of stuff. It never did satisfy my hunger because I really didn’t know what it was that I craved. And that’s the way it can be for many people who try to fill the need for God’s righteousness with something else. All you end up with is indigestion!
We hunger for righteousness because as we look around the world we don’t see to much that is right out there. The world is a messed up place. There are children dying in the crossfire of bullets fired by gang rivalry. There are people who want to get rid of the police yet they get angry when the police won’t come into their violent neighborhoods. We lose our love ones to diseases like coronavirus, cancer, heart diseases, dementia, and the like that have no cure while fat cat in the medical industry get rich on our suffering. Three is no righteousness in government, there is no righteousness in big business, there is not righteousness in the streets, and guess what… there is no righteousness in me.
Paul reminds us that even if we were to keep to every letter of the law we would never achieve righteousness. We are all born with an inherent sin nature and there is none good – no not even one. We do not have any righteousness of our own, nor can we make ourselves righteous – and the wages of unrighteousness is death. And so we are starving for true righteousness that can only come from God.
Our hunger and thirst should not be for our own righteousness. God himself says that our righteousness is as filthy rags! The only place that we will find true righteousness is in Jesus. Our hunger and thirst should be for Him – for Christ – that we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ – for as we yield our lives to the Holy Spirit He will conform us to become more and more like Christ - for in HIM is life and righteousness and honor – and all who seek Christ – Who is our righteousness, will be satisfied.
Challenge yourself today to go after righteousness. Don’t get distracted. Seek the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness and all these things will be added to you as well. Determine to hunger and thirst after righteousness.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father, We live in a world that is so messed up and broken. There is no one that is righteous… not one… except your Son Jesus. Help remind us to find righteousness in him. Help us to hunger and to read the word and seek Jesus first. In Jesus name. AMEN!
“Good night and God bless you.”