“Blessed are they which
do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
Did you know 40 million tons of food are wasted in the United States each year. That means 80 billion pounds of our food source or between 30 – 40% is tossed each year. The U.S. is the global leader in food waste. These statistics gleaned from Recycle Track System at rts.com are astounding when we think of those going hungry. It is to our shame.
To be the most wasteful by logic means we must also be the leader in food production – we have more to waste. Those who are hungry appreciate the value of a meal. Our abundance often breeds ungratefulness. Our bodies may not hunger but in our abundance often our soul becomes lean. It is true of the physical and of the spiritual.
In the United States we have the word of God available in so many translations we don’t know which to choose. Once chosen it often goes to waste sitting on the coffee tables. And we wonder why we grow weak when faced with the trials of life. Often we pick and choose what we will taste of God’s word – we want the sweet and not the meat. Then when trouble comes we are left faint.
I’ve heard it said when someone is starving there comes a time the person no longer recognizes hunger – the need for food. Too long we’ve been picky eaters of the word or fasting completely from it. We cannot know the blessing of hunger for we have forgotten the blessing of being filled. Instead of filling our spirits with the righteousness of Christ we have filled ourselves with self-righteousness which is no righteousness at all. Our spirit is starving and we remain unaware.
Hosea’s word to Israel bears our attention.
“Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because
- there is no truth,
- nor mercy,
- nor knowledge of God in the land.
- By swearing, and lying,
- and killing, and stealing,
- and committing adultery,
- they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
- Therefore shall the land mourn,
- and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish…
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:1-3,6
Here his words and pray to be hungry for the righteousness of Christ to reign in each of God’s children. Then let’s hear how to receive the filling our spirit needs.
Isaiah chapter 55 tells us how to once again walk in the blessing of spiritual hunger and reap its deserts.
“Ho, every on that thirsteth, come ye to the waters…
Jesus told the woman at the well –
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him
shall never thirst:
but the water that I shall give him
shall be in him a well of water
springing up into everlasting life.”
Jesus fully satisfies our thirst for life with a well of water that never runs dry.
Isaiah continues –
…hearken diligently unto me …
Incline your ear, and come unto me:
hear, and your soul shall live…
Jesus spoke to another woman and said,
“blessed are they that hear the word of God,
and keep it.” Luke 11:28
Isaiah continues the Lord’s invitation –
eat ye that which is good,
and let your soul delight itself in fatness…
Jesus told the Jews –
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven:
if any man eat of this bread,
he shall live for ever;
and the bread that I will give is my flesh,
which I will give for the life of the world…
I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly.”
John 6:51; John 10:10b.
Jesus fills our need for life abundantly – now and forever.
It’s time to hunger for the righteousness of Christ and know the blessing of being filled with his Spirit. Thanksgiving will abound and even the mountains and trees will join our rejoicing.
“For ye shall go out with joy,
and be led forth with peace:
the mountains and the hills
shall break forth before you into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Keep in mind it is necessary to know hunger pains before receiving the reward of being filled. Pray for the hunger only Christ can fill.