Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6)
In spite of the downgrade and social problems we see in our society today, there is little appetite for personal change. In reality we are still pretty well-off. But satisfied? No. I read two articles recently, both people said virtually the same thing. Richard Branson of ‘Virgin Atlantic’ fame and the boss of ‘Formula One’ racing Bernie Ecclestone. They both spoke of how rich they were, the latter has just spent ten million pounds on his daughter’s wedding, yes, ten million. Yet both said their riches had never brought them any joy or happiness. Mick Jagger, the lead singer of ‘Rolling Stones’ fame used to sing ‘Can’t get no Satisfaction.’ So where does on get fulfilment, satisfaction? Jesus says those that hunger and thirst after God’s righteousness are the ones who will be satisfied. His, not our righteousness, ours is shot through God says. God’s righteousness is credited to us by faith. It’s implanted into us, so that our heart’s begin to desire what we do not naturally desire, God, his love, forgiveness, eternal life. Instead of the riches of this world that can never satisfy. This hunger is a sense of need even though you may be well off. A sense of impotence, emptiness, hopelessness, even self-despair. You look to other people, the state, the church but they all disappoint. It’s having a right evaluation of yourself. The mirror on the wall has been telling you lies for years, you’re not the fairest of them all, but a sinner before, and in the hands a holy God. Whatever you get no matter how expensive, beautiful, the moment you get it, it falls flat, it doesn’t and cannot satisfy you. No created thing ever can. Only Jesus, the Bread of Life can. God has promised the needed provision, come to his table and eat and drink (Isaiah 55:1-2). Satisfaction is guaranteed. Don’t die a spiritual anorexic, by faith surrender your heart and life to Jesus Christ and you will be saved and satisfied forever.
(© James R Hamilton)