Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6
I contend that every person hungers after righteousness. Who doesn’t want things to be fair? Who doesn’t want a childhood where they are cherished and affirmed? Who doesn’t want loyal friends? Who doesn’t want injustice made right? Who doesn’t love to see something breathtakingly beautiful? Solomon said that God placed eternity in our hearts. Indeed. But the root of all righteousness is a holy God and I need to be made righteous with Him in order to love the righteousness that is in Him.
And is this not the stumbling block? To be made right with a righteous God, I need to align my beliefs with His. I must see my sinfulness and need for a Savior. This is the very point where mankind is offended, defensive, and turns his hunger and thirst elsewhere. We seek to fill the empty void with everything but God. It never works.
I think of many sumptuous spiritual meals I have consumed over the years. Many of the moments have been personal, probably most of them. But some have been corporate. A good number of them happened while standing in worship at Desiring God conferences in Minneapolis. The teaching had been superb and then we worshiped. When I remember those moments, I long for them again. Since Jesus promised that we would feel full after hungering after righteousness, I was very aware that I felt full at the end of the conference. To be full is to have had so much poured into your spirit that you don’t even know where to start to talk about it. Some of it could be put into words but much of it went to a place inside where God moves freely, and deeply, but where there is no definition to any part of it yet. You just know you were changed. The leaves of sanctification are swirling up into the air but haven’t landed yet to make a form.
I must do whatever it takes to stay in touch with my spiritual hunger. If I feel dull and don’t know why, I must ask God what’s wrong. Living spiritually full was God’s plan for His creation. I contend that He loves to reveal whatever would be standing in the way of my joy. I was created to enjoy God forever.
Fed by Your hand. It’s the abundant life and I can’t believe it took me so long to get it. Amen