In the bible, Matthew 5:6, it says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Now, I’m sure, if you’ve been reading the devotionals, you know the meaning of righteousness but let me share it again just so you can get the full understanding of this scripture and devotional for today. Righteousness is defined as always behaving according to a religious or moral code. You know, obeying God’s commandments, following your mom or dad’s rules or doing what you know is right on your job; that’s being righteous and it’s not always biblical speaking because your parents instill morals in you too. If your parents have taught you how to be respectful to adults and you are, then you’re following a moral code and in following this code, you are thirsting for righteousness and in thirsting you are being blessed. Now being thirsty is having a desire to drink or a strong desire for something. If you thirst for God’s word, then you have a strong desire for it the same way you should desire to follow the moral code (commandments) that have been left for you. It’s almost like kids who are searching for the hidden Easter eggs on Easter Sunday. They have a strong desire to find them because some are filled with candy, some may have a special gift or some may just want the egg so they thirst for them. Well, if you are searching for God’s meaning for your life, then you should be thirsting after his word and his righteousness in order to see the reward you’ll reap once it’s been found. Proverbs 21:21 says “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”
See, when you thirst for righteousness and you pursue it, you’ll follow the word of God which leads you to living instead of dying, wealth instead of debt and honor instead of dishonor. When you seek to have righteousness in your life, you seek the blessings that God has waiting for you. When your body is hungry and thirsty, don’t you feed it or quench it with water or soda? Well, your soul has to also be fed when it’s hungry and thirsty but not with earthly things. You have to feed the soul with the living water, God’s word. John 6:27 says “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” No, this doesn’t mean that you stop working but it means don’t stress yourself out trying to work 16 hour days for things of this world that won’t last and those things that you can’t take with you when you die. Yea, I know you have to work on Sunday’s but try to make it to some worship service, even if it’s only for an hour. If you spend all your days working and none giving God the credit that he’s due, what will be your excuse on judgment day?
The bible says in John 6:35 “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” This scripture is not talking about earthly hunger or thirst but spiritual hunger/thirst. See, if you eat and drink God’s word, then you won’t thirst after earthly temptations. If you eat the word, Matthew 26:41 that says, “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak,” you’ll be prepared to say no when you face that brother/sister in the blue suit that seems to know all that you need and go home to your spouse. If you eat the word, Psalm 120:2 that says “Save me, O LORD, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues,” then you’ll think before you start being dishonest with your brothers or sisters. If you eat the word, Ephesians 4:32 that says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you,” then you’ll won’t hold grudges when folk do you wrong. If you eat the word, James 1:19, that says, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” then you won’t be quick to “go off” when someone says something you don’t like.
We, as Christians, have a duty to do right by God. We chose to let God into our lives, so why act like he’s not there just because you’re having a bad day? You get up with an attitude and now you got road rage so bad, that you really should go to jail before you hurt somebody. You get a little bit of money and now your ego is bigger than your house and you wonder why no one wants to be around you. You go to school and get a degree and now everybody that has an opinion is wrong about any subject that is bought up. Child, God isn’t pleased with your mess and you can’t put him on and take him off, like a coat, when you feel like. You’ve got to study God’s word for yourself in order to get a full understanding and know when your actions are wrong. Thirst after God’s word in order to get the plan that he has for your life and hunger for his word in order to fill your spirit with righteousness so that you can be blessed. John 6:47-51 says “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.” Eat the word so that you may live, not here on Earth but in Heaven with God because in order to get to Heaven you have to be able to pass through the gates and how will you get through the gates without knowing Jesus and his Father? You can’t ride along with someone else because this is the only ticket you have to purchase for yourself. Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So, you have to know Jesus and in getting to know Jesus, you get to know his Father, God and with knowing God, doing his will and keeping his commandments, you get a stamp of approval on your ticket home, when it’s your time.