Good afternoon folks
I have been thinking about the desire for success we see all around these days.
It is not at all uncommon to hear of an ambitious person as being “hungry” to accomplish significant things. Writers apply this term to athletes who want to make it to the professional leagues, to actors who want to attain stardom, and to business persons who seek to become CEO or MD of a company. These people drive themselves to work harder than their competition. They push themselves in studying every facet of their discipline, and they practice longer and harder than others. Their ambition knows no limits. They seem to play every angle to bring themselves to the attention of their superiors. They seize every opportunity to “sell” themselves to those who might be useful in promoting them.
The Bible says in Matthew chapter 5 and verse 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled”.
Some but not all of these nuances are present in Jesus use of “hunger” and “thirst” in this verse He describes a person who from the very depths of his/her innermost being has a driving need to satisfy a desire.
Jesus is not using “hunger” or “thirst” as we would describe the emptiness or dryness we feel between meals, but a hunger or thirst that seemingly can never be satisfied. With physical appetite, this would be a hunger and thirst that, even after a full meal with plenty of drink, we would still feel as though we could eat and drink much more!
Nothing can better express the kind of desire we should have to obtain righteousness. The Bible’s writers frequently employ the imagery of hunger and especially thirst to illustrate an ardent desire, particularly for the things of God. Just rad the Psalms
Even limiting hunger and thirst to our normal, daily need for nourishment illustrates a continuous cycle of consuming a most vital necessity for spiritual life and strength.
So I guess I need to consider just how hungry am I?
Have a great week and stay warm!