This far all the beatitudes have expressed man’s need, now God gives a solution. The world and even Christians can be guilty of looking for happiness in the wrong places. People seek happiness through many things including power, pleasure, possessions and prestige. The command we have say not to hunger and thirst after happiness. Many believers go from meetings to meeting, seminar to seminar, revival to revival and convention to convention always hoping for something or experience, but a person who comes to God must be “Poor in Spirit” mourn and be repentant, sorrow for sin and injustice. The person must be meek or gentle and humble.
Today let us discuss , “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”
Let us Learn four things:-
I. FIRST, THE MEANING OF HUNGER AND THIRST.
- Many people have never experienced real hunger or thirst to see the urgency of these beatitudes.
- Jesus was describing a person who is at the point of starving to death or so dehydrated that he will die if nothing is done.
- In the past, people have died in major famines in Ukambani, Turkana and NFD.
- Food and water are human rights, they are necessary for life.
- There was a famine in the Middle-East, children of Jacob had to go to Egypt (Gen.41:54-57).
- Rome experienced a great famine in 436 B.C, in desperation, people threw themselves into the Tiger river to die rather than starve.
- There are famine even now in Niger and chad.
- A starving person needs food and water, nothing more.
- A starving person is very singular minded.
- Socrates the Greek philosopher almost drowned a young learner to teach him-craving for knowledge !!
- Blessed are those who crave for the things of God.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst to be righteous and to do righteousness.
- Both to be righteous and to do righteousness are necessary.
- Please notice, Christ did not say blessed are the righteous for no one is righteous (Rom.3:10)
- But those who hunger and thirst for righteous ness.
II. SECOND, THE OBJECT OF SPIRITUAL HUNGER
- The object of spiritual hunger and thirst is God, not power, position, pleasure and praise (Jeremiah 2:13)
- The prodigal son in (Luke 15:11-24) wanted to have money, clothes, food, companionship and happy times instead he found poverty, rage, hunger, loneliness and misery.
- When the prodigal son, starved he remembered his father.
- To be righteous is to be right with God. Man needs God (Ecclesiastes 3:11) God “has set eternity in the hearts of men”
- Augustine said, “ Thou has made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee”.
- King David captured this truth in (Psalms 42:1-2)
- God has put eternity in our hearts and nothing less will satisfy.
- Let us thirst for salvation and for sanctification.
- Moses hungered and thirsted for God’s glory (Ex.33:18)
- David hungered and thirsted for God. (I Sam 13:13-14, Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 63:1)
- Paul wanted to know Christ (Phil.3:10, 2Cor.12:1-4)
III. THIRD, THE TEST OF SPIRITUAL HUNGER
There are three tests;
- Are you satisfied with yourself ?
- Are you willing to deal with hindrances in your life?
- Do you put yourself in the station where you can get righteousness?
IV. FOURTH, THE RESULT OF SPIRITUAL HUNGER (Psalm 107:9)
- As you pursue righteousness you come to discover that righteousness like holiness is a ever ascending pursuit without a summit.
- There is a way a soul desire for more.
- The more you experience God, the more you want of Him.
¨ Most of us are just about as close to God now as we want to be.
¨ We have as much joy, peace as we want.
¨ You are where you are now spiritually, because that is where you want to be.
¨ If you are hungry and thirsty for better from God you could have it.
¨ If you want it, you can have a closer walk with God.