Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Hunger and Thirst
Can you name something you crave on a daily basis? Is there a desire for something in your life you just can’t seem to get enough of or to attain? Do you have a passion for anything in particular? Yearnings such as these are a common human affliction, and Jesus tells us if we long for the proper things we will be blessed. One of the things He wants us to desire the most is righteousness.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6). Righteousness has a special place in God’s eyes as it represents the sum of all spiritual blessings. Righteousness is a quality we can attribute only to our LORD, yet we are called to pursue it with all our hearts. It is beyond us, but we should pursue it with a passion. Literally, God wants us to hunger and thirst after it, for it brings us to Him. In the 23rd Psalm, David reminds us, “He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
The only way to achieve righteousness is to seek Jesus Christ, through whom we can have righteousness imputed so we can one day stand before God. To have God’s righteousness, available only through His Son, is to be restored to His image, which is linked to His Holiness and His love. Although we were created in His image (Genesis 1:27), our sin tarnishes and distorts His perfect image and we need a mediator to overcome the distortion (1 Timothy 2:5).
Jesus tells us we should desire righteousness not just as a “nice to have” item, we must have a physical association and passion for it. He wants us to hunger and thirst for it. Just as one desires food and drink to satisfy a physical hunger, He calls us to have spiritual cravings so great we can be satisfied with nothing less. In fact, He wishes we would pursue righteousness so much we would forsake other things in life, even food and drink, knowing that spiritual fulfillment will overwhelm our physical desires (Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3). He also wants us to pursue it with alacrity – with cheerful readiness, promptness, and willingness.
The nature of hunger and thirst is such that they return frequently and are constantly in need of replenishment. Satan is ever-present to rob us of any righteousness we might possibly attain, so we are in constant need of spiritual refreshment. Thus, it is normal to seek renewed pardons and daily refreshments of grace from our LORD. Once our souls have been quickened by the Holy Spirit, our souls call out for constant meals of righteousness and grace to do the work He calls us to, just as the living body calls out for food and drink.
Our hunger and thirst for righteousness remind us of our inward poverty, just as we are spiritually bankrupt until we call upon His name so the Holy Spirit will come to dwell within us. We suffer a low spiritual condition in this world, unable to find justice among men, much less righteousness within our souls. We must therefore look to Christ to provide the robe of righteousness we need and desire so greatly.
It is normal for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness to be blessed in their desires. The desire for righteousness is evidence of something good in us, an earnest desire for something better, prompted by the Holy Spirit at work in our hearts. It is God’s desire for us to seek righteousness, to be more in His image, and to be more loving, as He is. As such He will bless those who earnestly seek it.
Those who seek righteousness will receive God’s blessing to their complete satisfaction. Only God can fill a soul. It is only His grace and favor that can fill the spiritual void we all have within us. We all long to fill the emptiness with His mercy and His grace, and only He can deliver. Until we experience the happiness of Heaven when our righteousness will be complete through our Savior Jesus Christ, we need His righteousness to fill our empty souls. Pray today for God to amplify your hunger and thirst for the spiritual food we all crave so desperately.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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