“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
This verse has been stuck in my brain for some time. It troubles me because I understand it but I don’t like it.
This verse assumes a lacking of righteousness…a lacking of a relationship with God. And then it says that those who experience that are blessed….
I remember growing up and coming home from school starving. “Where are the snacks? Where is the bread? I have to eat something to get rid of this hunger!”
I wanted to be rid of that growling, scratching beast in my stomach as fast as possible. It isn’t pleasant being hungry!
Each and every one of us has appetites and they don’t stop with food. Appetites for companionship. Appetites for love. Appetites for sex. Appetites for pleasure and leisure. Appetites for fulfillment at work….But no matter how much we feed them, we always want more.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…” Blessed are those who feel like they are lacking in their spiritual lives. Blessed are those wanting more of God but not feeling, sensing, hearing him….In this world, we know hunger. We know lacking.
Maybe it’s okay to be hungry. Maybe it’s okay to not feel at home. Maybe it’s okay to not feel as connected with God because maybe it means that truly, nothing in the world can fill our appetites. Maybe it means we were created for more. Maybe it means, only in the new creation, in the presence of our savior, will all our appetites truly be filled.
Pastor Tim Kooiman