Yesterday in worship, we continued our walk through The Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12), the nine profound and paradoxical statements of Jesus that I have described as the “front door” or “foyer” into the larger, palace that is his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chs. 5-7). Yesterday, we looked specifically at the fourth beatitude, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
I mentioned how we must bank here on the promise-making and promise-keeping power of God in Jesus Christ. What he says, happens. What he says, goes. His words are living and active. So when we are told that our hunger and thirsting for righteousness will, indeed, be satisfied – it is sure and guaranteed. It is not an empty promise. It is not an unfounded marketing claim. Just as the FDA regulates the claims of food manufacturers, requires ingredients to be listed and verifies them, and enforces claims that brands make for their products…we can be even more sure that what God promises, he delivers! What he says satisfies our hunger, really will!
Therefore, if we find ourselves unsatisfied or unfulfilled this day, could it be that we are consuming that which isn’t of Him? Is empty?
Could it be that we are hungering and thirsting after idols?
Could it be that we are hungering and thirsting after that which is unrighteous?
Just like our bodies are made to be nourished and sustained and satisfied with real food and not junk food or that which is artificial, we are made to be ultimately nourished and sustained and satisfied by the righteousness of Christ in the Gospel. Nothing less will do. St. Augustine reminds us that our hearts are made for God, and thus are restless until they find their rest in Him alone.
If you were not with us yesterday, and did not hear the sermon (The Beatitudes, Part 6: A Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness) look for it to be posted to the church website in the coming days & subscribe to the podcast.
May the Lord bless us and keep us.