Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 NLT
The focus of our hunger must be on God’s righteousness and not our own. To be filled with God as promised, we relinquish our rights to our achievements, sacrifices, and acts of service rendered to others. The praise we may receive will be deferred to the righteousness of God that lives in us.
Jesus suffered and died so that we might experience His righteousness. From the cross, we hear His words crying out to God the Father, “My God, my God why have You forsaken me?” We are not above our Master, and as His disciples, we may face some insurmountable challenges. We may feel forsaken and alone but in that moment hunger and thirst for the righteousness that kept Jesus on the cross. He stayed true to His mission and said to us, “Pick up your cross and follow Me.” We spend our lives hungering and thirsting for His righteousness, and we are filled with His presence. The ultimate filling comes when we eat the Bread of Life at the Messianic Feast someday in the Kingdom of our God. May God help us never to stop pursuing Him in sunshine or rain, in calm or in the storms of life. Eugene Peterson in The Message Bible translated Matthew 5:6 as follows: “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He's the food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”
“This life, therefore, is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.” ― Martin Luther
“Think of righteousness as living inside of, instead of up to, God’s standard for the right life. The welfare of you, your community, and your relationship with God are central to living righteousness.” ― Jessica Nicholas,
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.