Verse for Today: Saturday, March 09, 2013
Matthew 5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Satisfaction is one of the criteria for happiness in human life. But satisfaction depends on the type and depth of our cravings. When our cravings for the things of the world increase, different means are sought after for its fulfillment. But such satisfaction is momentary and short-lived. The dissatisfied human life is filled with continuous attempts to find fulfillment for the unending cravings. The world offers bubbles of satisfaction through tempting goals and seemingly attractive means. These goals generate cravings for possessions, positions, prestige, prominence and popularity. But we find that the more we have any of these, the greater is our desire for more of it. But God comes to man to offer him total satisfaction if his cravings are for the eternal things. If man is hungry and thirsty for the righteousness of God to be fulfilled in his life and the lives of others around, God will fill such lives to satisfaction. If we drink the lukewarm waters from the broken cisterns of this world, we will be thirsty for more of it. We will become slaves to these temporal earthly mirages and will go to any extent without ever finding an end to it. But if our desire is for God’s priorities in our lives, God will fulfill it through His Spirit and Word. God desires that we draw closer to Him and live by faith in Him and His promises. He desires that what is right in His sight becomes right in our eyes also. Thus we will be willing to lose any temporal gains the world offers. If we have such a hunger for godly living, God will strengthen us to live a godly life in our generation as in the case of Noah, Job, Joseph and Daniel who lived among people who craved for the temporal.
Dear friend, do you have a hunger and thirst for divine things in life? Are you craving for temporal gains of this world which neither lasts nor satisfies? There are many who went the world’s ways and found themselves in its trap. People like Lot, Gehazi, Achan, Solomon and Demas went the ways of the world and surrendered to its bondage. But they all found that the cravings of the world would only yield pseudo satisfaction. The consequences of running after the pleasures and possessions of this world are very high and it leaves us empty with the scars of sin in our lives. But those who spend time in the presence of God and become saturated with His Word will find their hearts filled with God’s priorities for our lives. The more we crave for God’s righteousness in our lives and in the lives of those who are around us, the greater will be the opportunity God gives us to drink more from His stream of living water to full satisfaction. We will then have a deep craving for our spiritual welfare and that of others around us. God wants us to surrender ourselves as fit instruments in His hands for Him to use us to touch the spiritually hungry people who are under the grip of anxiety, lust, conflicts, anger, stress, loneliness, isolation, rejection, depression and resentment. If we are adequately surrendered to His will, He will fill us with His Spirit to enable us to apply the Balm of Gilead which will take away all the sickness of the soul in the lives of people around us. Let us today desire to become God’s instrument for righteousness in others’ lives rather than pawns in the hands of the world for more and more filthy lucre which will never satisfy us. Remember, when God fills us to satisfaction in the eternal, He will surely meet our temporal needs according to His riches in glory.
Isaiah 32:17 – The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence for ever.
Thought for Today
Right spiritual diet will generate deeper cravings to touch other lives for God.
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