This week we have been going through “The Beatitudes” and what they mean for us as believers. For today’s post I have been given the opportunity to talk about the fourth beatitude that Jesus spoke of. Jesus said ““Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6. So what is He really saying here? Let’s break it down
Let’s start with “Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to crave and long for Christ’s true righteousness. When we come into relationship with Him, He begins to change us. One such way that He changes us is in our desires. Experiencing relationship with Christ causes us to long for His righteousness and character more and more. We begin to see the things of the world as no longer filling and thus turn to Christ as the only one who can truly satisfy us. I believe that this phrase calls back to one of the biggest if not biggest truth of all time. This truth is that everyone ever born is brought into this world with a God sized whole in their spirit. And until we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and put our complete faith in His will, we will look to fill up the God sized whole with world sized things. This is like using a band aid to fix a pothole in the road. It doesn’t’ work. It will never fill you up. Trust me, I’ve been there. I tried to fill myself with all matter of things that the world offered and every single one fell short. I knew I was missing something but could not find what it was. But when I finally went to Jesus and took all my junk and gave it to Him, I finally experienced the God sized whole being filled. And He continues to do so to this day because He is faithful.
And this now leads us to the second part of the phrase which is “For they shall be satisfied.” You see God longs to be in relationship and communion with us. That is the whole reason He created us in the first place! That is why He loves us so much! He wants you to come to Him. He wants to fill you up. He wants to satisfy the longing of your soul. He has so much He wants to show you and give to you (and I don’t mean just worldly things). All He wants is for us to want Him.
He wants to satisfy you.
Will you come to Him?
Spend time in prayer today thanking God for His promises and His goodness. Ask him to show you where you have been trying to fill yourself with worldly things and then listen for His word. If He shows you something, show Him that you long to be truly filled up by Him by repenting from that worldly thing and ask Him to fill you with His righteousness. He has promised you will be satisfied. And God keeps His promises.
Writer: Noah Barfield