Lent - Day 4 - A Study of Matthew 5
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
We can measure physical hunger by the discomfort in our digestive systems, the weariness of our physical strength and the lapses in our mental acuity, but how do we measure the hunger for righteousness and what can we do to satisfy it?
Whether we acknowledge it or not we hunger at some dimension for righteousness everyday. Whenever we confront injustice, unfairness and things not being as they should be, whenever we experience the world as men (mankind) not in balance and not at peace with themselves and out of communion with God, then we are hungering for righteousness.
But there is still a greater hunger that Jesus is referencing here. It is the hunger of the soul to be right with God, to be in continual fellowship, possessing a heart of like-minded desires and passions, of the same purposes and pleasure with God. When we desire, at the very deepest part of our humanity beyond the physical passions, to know and to love God with all our hearts then that hunger for righteousness will be filled.
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to prompt that desire in us.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
The more we yield to that prompting the more hungry we become for the presence of God in us and for His will to be the final authority and fulfillment of our lives. And we can and will achieve that inner peace and power by the working of the Holy Spirit in us.
“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” Hosea 6:2-3
Following on to know the Lord is our daily moment by moment pursuit of His pleasure. The more we know what pleases Him the more we seek to do it. The more we do what pleases Him the more like Him we become.
"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children." Ephesians 5:1
We are blessed because in hungering for righteousness we will be filled. We will know Him fully and we shall be like Him.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1 John 3:2-3