Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

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I love to eat and am not a huge fan of being hungry! Likewise, I am not a huge fan of being thirsty either. I might even prefer being hungry over being thirsty. Hunger and thirst are very motivating factors; I am not sure if we are more productive in any other situation than we are in satisfying our hunger and thirst. We instantly seek satisfaction the second we get a pinch of hunger or thirst. We actively avoid feeling hungry or thirsty. Granted, food and drink are essential to life. We must eat food and drink water to live. However, it is highly unlikely that we know someone personally who has starved to death or died of dehydration. Yet, the second we feel a little hunger we grab a snack. We keep food with us in the car, take it to school, and eagerly await lunch time. We love to eat, me especially, but I wonder how our life would be different if we could apply the same amount of desire we have for food and water to other aspects of our life. I wonder what would happen if we hungered for spiritual growth like we did food.

Think Break: 

  • Why do you think we love food so much? 
  • What is your favorite food? 
  • Do you like to be hungry or thirsty? Which do you like least? 
  • What do you do if you get hungry or thirsty? 
  • What does it mean to be hungry or thirsty for spiritual growth?
  • What would happen if we were hungry or thirsty for spiritual growth? 

In Matthew 5:6 Jesus says those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed because they will be satisfied. In other words, Jesus says those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are going to find righteousness. Their hunger and thirst will be quenched, and righteousness will be acquired. Righteousness is clearly not something we can eat or drink, so what could Jesus mean by hungering and thirsting for righteousness? When I am hungry and thirsty for pizza and a Coca-Cola, I am longing to be satisfied by pizza and a Coca-Cola. Likewise, when we are hungry and thirsty for righteousness we are longing to be satisfied by righteousness. More importantly, when we are hungry or thirsty, we are recognizing a need in our life. Our desire for food comes from recognizing its importance; food is not optional! When we hunger for righteousness in our lives, we have recognized it is not optional. It is a must! 

Righteousness is upright or godly living. It means doing the right thing, living right. Living right isn’t an option if we want to please God! What is your number one desire in life, is it to have a righteous life or to be able to stand before God in confidence on the day of Judgement? We have to think about our desires and make sure that our biggest desire is to live righteously. We will never be able to achieve righteous living on our own, only through Christ can this be achieved, but if we hunger and thirst to live righteous, God will satisfy our need. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness will lead to obedience of God’s Word. Just as we seek out a snack when we get hungry, so we will seek God’s word when we have the desire for righteousness. Let’s hunger and thirst for righteousness and grow closer to God! 

Questions for Growth: 

What are you going to do to satisfy your hunger and thirst for righteousness? 

Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17, how does this apply to our hunger and thirst for righteousness? 

Can you pray for God to satisfy your hunger and thirst for righteousness? 

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