Part 4: Starved and Parched

Published on Jun 10, 2021

Series: Daily Christian Living

Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Moving to the next of the Beatitudes, the Lord says those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, will be filled.

Righteousness is defined as behavior that is morally justifiable or right, characterized by accepted standards of justice, virtue or uprightness. The Bible’s standard of human righteousness is God’s own perfection. God’s law is the plumbline to measure human righteousness. Simply put, righteousness is right-standing with God.

The Lord says, hunger and thirst for righteousness are yet another indicator of being His disciples. Hunger and thirst for righteousness are a natural progression for a person whose heart desires poverty of spirit, mourns for sin and seeks meekness. The Lord uses the metaphor of hunger and thirst to describe the kind of desire a disciple is to have for righteousness.

A disciple is to hunger and thirst after righteousness with the same longing, intensity and desperation, as one would for food and water, which are basic needs of any human being. Hunger and thirst are signs of health and are often a driving force, that desperately need to be satisfied. Jesus says, it is with that kind of intensity that a disciple is to hunger and thirst for righteousness.

We see Christians who often hunger and thirst for many things that include power, authority, success, comfort, happiness. How often do we come across those who hunger and thirst for righteousness? What does this look like in a Christian?

A person who hungers and thirsts for righteousness is one who longs to have a righteous nature, one who wants to be sanctified and made more holy. This person longs to continue in God’s righteousness and wants to see and promote His righteousness in the world. ” He does not hunger and thirst that his own political party may get into power, but he does hunger and thirst that righteousness may be done in the land. He does not hunger and thirst that his own opinions may come to the front, and that his own sect or denomination may increase in numbers and influence, but he does desire that righteousness may come to the fore.” (Spurgeon).

Jesus promises to fill, refresh and satisfy those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. This however, is a strange kind of filling that both satisfies us and keeps longing for more.

What do you and I pursue like we are starved and parched? What is it that drives us and all that we do?

Lord give me a heart that is desperately starved and parched for your righteousness, I pray.

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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2 Comments
  1. Anita Sundersingh

    Hi Preethi,

    Blessed by your writings. May God fill us with a thirst to seek after righteousness, so that we can be found holy and righteous in His sight! In the above email, the same content is repeated twice, with many lines in between, with I don’t know what – could be something to do with printing details.??? Just want to bring it to your attention. Glad to hear Rhea is back home. Trust all of you are well, Preethi. Much love, Anita

    On Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 5:59 PM Find Rest My Soul wrote:

    > Preethi Alice Jacob posted: ” Series: Daily Christian Living Matthew 5:6 – > Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall > be filled. Moving to the next of the Beatitudes, the Lord says those who > hunger and thirst for righteousness, will be filled. Righ” >

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  2. Preethi Alice Jacob

    Hi Anitha thank you and yes Amen indeed

    Do you still see the repeated text and scrambled lines? Sorry about that. We did have a problem today, which I thought had got fixed. I will check again.
    Much thanks and much love
    Preethi

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