Genesis 5, Ezra 5, Matthew 5, Acts 5

Scripture

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 NIV

Observation

Jesus begins “The Sermon on the Mount” with “The Beatitudes.” From the very beginning of His ministry, Jesus shows through words and actions that true happiness and blessing is found on the flip-side of what the world says will make one happy and blessed.

The world says wealth will make you happy. Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” (vs.3)

The world says power will make you happy. Jesus says: “Blessed are the meek.” (vs.5)

The world says to take care of yourself first in order to be happy. Jesus says: “Blessed are the merciful.” (vs.7)

The world says seek those things that you desire and you will be filled with happiness. Jesus says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (vs.6)

Application

I admit it, I crave coffee as soon as I wake up in the morning. I thirst for it because I’ve had it before, it tastes so good, and there is nothing like it to start my day.

Jesus tells me that I am blessed, I will find true happiness, when I crave Him and His righteousness. There are so many things in this world that are targeted towards me to fill that void that only He can fill. If I buy into the lie that these things can fill me up, I am disappointed and left wanting. I am not truly filled.

But He and only He can fill that void and leave me full, and even cause me to overflow. And the crazy thing is, that the more time I spend with Him in reading His word and communing with Him in prayer, the more I crave it.  I desire it because I know, from past experience, how good it is – how it soothes my soul, how it fills me with joy, how it gives me encouragement, how it convicts and causes me to turn in the right direction. I know there is nothing like it to start my day.

Jesus doesn’t promise relief from all of life’s trials for those who hunger and thirst for Him, but He does promise filling when we do.  Filling us with what we need, with what the world promises, but can never truly deliver.

Unfortunately though, I also have to admit, that too often I don’t fill that innate hunger and thirst with Him and His righteousness. Instead I rush into my day thinking I can handle it on my own, with just my cup of coffee and then find myself at the end of the day, left unfilled, disappointed, and wanting.

Prayer

Lord,

You are so patient with me and my thick-headedness when it comes to the only cure for my inborn hunger and thirst. I know it’s You and only You that can fill me…never me, but still I attempt to do it all on my own and seek my own righteousness first instead of Yours. I know that the more time I spend with You, the sweeter the memory becomes, leaving me wanting You again and again. When I come to the end of this year Lord, I want to relish in all those special times that we had together and not feel the emptiness of wanting more. Thank you for always being there, waiting for me to come to You, and welcoming me into Your arms time and time again.

Amen

– Beckie (look2thehills)



4 Comments

Filed under M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, Matthew, New Testament

4 responses to “Genesis 5, Ezra 5, Matthew 5, Acts 5

  1. Jon

    Thank you for sharing your heart. I agree and desire the same thing.

    Jon

  2. Kathleenathome

    Awesome! What a great reminder! I so often get caught up in what the world tells us is what we need and what will make us happy. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…”

  3. That’s my new years wish that I would want Jesus more and more.

  4. Amy

    Oh, the precious, wonderful, merciful, forgiving, loving, patient and kind Savior we have…
    we mess up. he’s there, waiting to fill us anew with all the fullness of Himself.

    thankful,
    amy in peru

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