If you’re anything like me, the smell of freshly baked cookies or freshly brewed coffee creates a mouthwatering desire that I instantly want to satisfy. As I walk into a coffee shop, my taste buds begin cheering and I know that soon I will be enjoying a delicious treat.
But then an hour later, my plate is filled with crumbs, my cup is empty, and again I want more.
How different would your life look like if you began to hunger and thirst for righteousness the way that you desired to fill your stomach? What if you became more concerned with finding approval in God than eating your next meal, or taking your next breath? How big is your hunger and thirst for righteousness?
“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied..” – Jesus, Matthew 5:6
Do you hunger for God’s approval more than for man’s? We often seek approval from others and neglect to find our approval in God. Social media has driven us to desire those little blue thumbs and red hearts. If we aren’t careful, we will begin to hunger for the approval of our friends and forget about how we are viewed in the eyes of God. In Matthew 6:33 Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” The first thing we should hunger and thirst for is God’s kingdom and approval in His eyes.
Is your thirst even being filled? The world promises to deliver the latest and greatest, but always comes up short. We may get the newest piece of technology and then a month later it is out of date. The world may give us the desires of our heart, but in the end these desires leave us empty. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35. Jesus really is the only gift that satisfies in the end.
What step do you need to take today? Maybe today, you simply need to turn off some notifications on your device so that you be more focused on God. Maybe today, you need to get outside for thirty minutes to spend some time with God. Maybe for you, memorizing one of the scriptures found in this post will be helpful. Ask God to give your heart a hunger and thirst for Him, and thank Him for your next breath.
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