“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
I love how God can speak to us in various ways! This morning’s challenge came in the form of a children’s devotion I read to my boys. Here is an excerpt from Growing With Jesus by Andy Holmes:
“Have you ever heard your tummy groan or grumble. That’s your body’s way of saying ‘Hello up there! I need some food!’ Have you ever been so thirsty that your mouth felt as dry as desert sand? Remember how wonderful it was when you finally found a glass of water and guzzled it down? God wants you to be hungry for Him. God wants you to thirst for Him! Think of God as food for your spirit and living water for your soul.”
It dawned on me that sometimes our bellies are so full that we forget what it’s like to be truly hungry. When we fill up on other things, we forget how much we need Jesus and how to truly rely on Him to get us through our day. When we stop over-stuffing ourselves on momentary pleasures, I think we remember how important it is to hunger and thirst for more of God, His Word and His Holy Spirit.
Today, may we hunger and thirst for righteousness and more of the Lord rather than temporary gratification. We can live without food, we can go days without water, but I wouldn’t want even a moment without God in my life!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled. Lord, we confess that we are prone to fill up on other things than that which is good for us. May we lay aside our own desires and look with more of an eternal perspective. We are starving for more of You! May Your Word and Your holiness fill our lives today. Lord, we humbly ask for more righteousness. May we have You rather than just Your blessing. We long to know You and please You. Have Your way in our hearts and lives today. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!