The Blessedness of Hunger and Thirst – Matt 5:6, Ps 42:7
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” – Matt 5:6
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” – Ps 42:7
Last week, we briefly touched on how there can be no hunger or thirst without appetite. We cannot find God unless we have found a need for Him. This need is what creates a hunger and thirst within us; makes us go the extra mile of spending extra time in fasting, praying, studying, seeking; and causes us to subject ourselves under various disciplines of godliness. Those who seek God shall find him if they seek him diligently (Jer 29:13).
The reason why there seem to be lukewarmness and lack of hunger and thirst for God amidst professing Christians today is because many have unavoidably come to a state of low appetite. This is partly as a result of the lack of drive from many pulpits on the need to seek God alone. Our search for God has been largely based on the need for him to meet our needs and not necessarily on knowing him and relating with him for who he is; God. Other factors include the atrocities many are committing in the name of God which is now taking its toll on the perception and commitment of many Christians. The strategic onslaught on anything Christianity and godliness on the social media space is also causing delusion in many Christian minds; many Christians are becoming more rational than spiritual. While it is not a bad idea to engage our brains, placing it above our spiritual convictions could be very dangerous. Indeed because iniquity is abounding, the love of many is already waxing cold as Jesus Christ rightly predicted (Matt 24:12).
In the midst of all these, however, the fact remains that God is still God and He’s ever willing to reveal himself to those that diligently seek Him; those that will hunger and thirst after him. As Misty Edwards rightly noted in her song track, Soul Cry that “Hunger is the escort into deeper things of God,” we need to get deeper with God and we can never get deep enough until there is an insatiable hunger. The question now is how can one develop the hunger for this kind of deep relationship with God?
Get rid of the things that come between you and God. Such things may offer temporary satisfaction but they are hindrances to the indwelling of God inside of you. When we purge ourselves of unrighteousness and distractions, we become hungry for that in which we can have lasting satisfaction.
Taste and See…
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him (Ps 34:8). Sometimes we don’t develop appetite for certain things because we have never experienced them before. But no sooner than we experience them, we begin to crave for them. If you have ever tasted any depth in God before, you will continually crave for it. So crave to have a taste (or re-taste) of God today and you will find yourself asking for more.
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