A Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness

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

Here we have Jesus teaching that the person who becomes poor in the spirit and realizes his spiritual weakness and has humbled himself and taken on meekness, will have an unquenchable desire to attain righteousness in the sight of God. Righteousness is the character or quality of being right and just not in the sight of man but in the sight of God. This righteousness is not merely an inner change but a change that directly affects the way we behave and have influence in this world. The only way to obtain this righteousness is by faith in Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21). The word hunger is the same word used after Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness. It’s an intense hunger. A hunger that must be relived for survival. Thirst is the same, an extreme condition. We must yearn for righteousness in the way a starving person wants bread and water. I just wonder today how hungry and how thirsty we are for the things of God? We hunger and thirst for many other different things but it’s time the church gets back to being hungry for the truth. We have heard the saying you are what you eat. We realize that if  we eat a lot of junk food it will be a part of us and we become overweight. The same concept goes in our spiritual  realm. This concept  fits anything we do. If we continually feed upon violence, excitement or whatever else the world offers we become those things. Children are violent, why? They feed on violent movies, violent video games, and violent books. Their lives revolve around violence. I believe it’s time we start feeding this generation some righteousness. Some peace and happiness, feed them the things of God. The world may teach go after materialism and money, it may teach that we should all pursuit after them for happiness. But Christ teaches hunger and thirst after righteousness. Elvis Presley never understood this concept, as he left the Christian faith for worldly fame. In his heyday it is said his yearly income was $5 million a year. In his day that was a lot of money. In his first two years of stardom he brought in $100 million dollars. He had 3 jets, 2 Cadillacs, a Rolls-Royce, Lincoln Continental, a Buick and a Chrysler station wagon, a jeep a dune buggy a converted bus and 3 motorbikes.  His favorite and most famous was his 1960 Cadillac Limousine. The top of it was veneered and covered in pearl white veneer. The body was sprayed with 40 coats of specifically prepared paint that include crushed diamonds. All the metal trimmings were plated in 18 carat gold. Inside were 2 gold covered telephones, gold vanity case with a gold electric razor. An electric shoe buffer and a gold plated T.V., record player, amplifier, air conditioner and a refrigerator that was capable of making ice in 2 minutes solid. In the world’s terms He had everything, But do you know what he failed to recognize? That you are what you eat. And if you know he died in his death as a victim of his appetites.  So I ask you what do you hunger for? What is it that drives your life, that motivates you for living? Is it material or is it spiritual? Are we like the world in pursuit of possessions, or do we wake up every morning wanting to please the Lord? Hungering after the things of God. The promise to us today is those who come to find enough in Him to satisfy their spiritual hunger shall be forever filled. Take some time to read John 4: 10-14. It will tell you that Jesus Christ is more than enough. You won’t need these worldly possessions because you have Jesus.

To hunger and thirst after righteousness is when nothing in the world can fascinate us so much as being near to God.      Smith Wigglesworth 


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