The Beatitudes: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled

(Written by Kevin Carlson)

The Beatitudes are indeed a rich picking of Christian understanding- the benefits and unveiling of why there can be no better choice than to know Christ as my saviour and Lord. Today we come to the third part of the fourth Beatitude: “…….and they shall be filled.” Also translated, “….and they shall be satisfied”. (RSV). Is there anything more satisfying than being, SATISFIED! So let’s raise the question, “What makes me feel satisfied?” Or to ponder where my life’s satisfactions come from if I were to itemise. We may even ask, “What feelings of dissatisfaction might come to mind?” Of course we could mention such things as family, work, recreation…..legitimately. But this fourth Beatitude takes us to another plain; to God’s realm whereby he enters into our realm, again, legitimately for he is our creator and also offers to be our Saviour. So God says to us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness….” (Matthew 5:6) It is they who will be satisfied in life now and life to come (eternity). Can we then conclude that it is through God’s right ways in our life which hold all our earthly life satisfaction together? Hence, living my life God’s way in such things as family, work, recreation…etc ought to lead one to being and becoming satisfied as God pronounces to being blessed. Of course, God’s right ways will lead in ever new pathways; even new directions with renewed attitudes and understanding.

Here lies a daily challenge: this hunger and thirst for righteousness, for God’s equipping one in his right ways will always remain a hunger and thirst in our earthly journey. Our satisfaction is both now and still to come. God is a large well for us to draw upon; and as we grow older and grow through life stages there is more to experience and to know satisfaction in Christ.

Here lies a daily challenge: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing”. – Psalm 34:8-9. To lack nothing is it not to be satisfied? To, “Taste and see” is it not an invitation to trust and believe in the Lord and so obey his instructions that become his righteous ways?

To take one more example, Psalm 23: to allow the Lord to be my Shepherd; to lead me to his pastures and quiet waters…so that I will lack nothing. I shall not be in want. I shall be satisfied even when walking through the valley of the shadow of death….

“When I in righteousness at last,
Thy glorious face shall see.
When all the weary night is past
And I awake with thee,
To view the glories that abide,
Then, then shall I be satisfied.”
(FF Bullard)

PRAYER: My gracious Father in heaven, I thank you again for this new day given. I pray for awareness and sensitivity of opportunities for your Kingdom to be increased through the people I may meet and converse and my conduct revealed to all. I trust now your provision of my daily bread. I also trust in your forgiveness when I stray and pray also for a right understanding of others and grace to be forgiving towards such ones who may wrong me in this day. Lead me now in paths of your righteousness; help and strengthen me to discard all that is unholy, all bad and unhealthy habits and deliver me from such evil ways. May I grow in understanding through your spoken Word and experience the living realities of life satisfaction. May your presence go with me as I commit this day to you, through Christ my Saviour. AMEN

SONG: The Lord is my Shepherd by Keith Green –