Sunday, March 23, 2014

Blessed are the hungry (Luke 6:21a)

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied... (Luke 6:21a NASB)

We know that there are hungry people in our world and that there are still people who die from starvation. Is their hunger satisfied? Not in this lifetime. According to Matthew Henry's commentary, however, Jesus is speaking of the hope of eternity. You may be hungry here, but one day your hunger will be satisfied. 

In some ways, satisfying hunger depends on that for which you hunger. The Gospel of Matthew says it this way: "Blessed are you who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for you shall be satisfied." If what you crave is righteousness, your attention will be directed toward obtaining that righteousness. When your goal in life becomes to obtain righteousness, you will seek until you find it in the One who IS our righteousness. 

In this business of seeking and finding, generally speaking, we find that for which we seek. Seek evil, and it's easy to find. Seek righteousness, Jesus said, and you will find it. The finding, however, is also dependent upon the fervor (or hunger) of your search. 

What is it for which you hunger? How great is the fervor or hunger that drives your search?

Pray today that we and our loved ones will have such a hunger for righteousness that we will not stop seeking until our hunger is satisfied in Christ alone.