What Are You Hungry For? (Devotional On Matthew 5:6)
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6
Those of you who know me know this: I’m not really a big sports guy. Never have been since I was a kid and probably never will be, so it’s kinda unusual for me share two ‘exercise stories’ in a row, but here we go.
One hiking trip from my teens (a different one this time) was a 5-day trek in the south of Ireland. We walked for a minimum of 6 hours a day and slept in our tents, eating Snickers bars and pasta.
About day 3 – you’ve probably experienced this – all we could think about was food. It’s all we talked about, dreamt about and spent a lot of time planning what we were going to eat when we got back (it was a welcomed distraction to sore feet).
Well, the trek ended, we descended into the nearest village and had a feast I’ll never forget (fish and chips of course).
We hungered, we ‘thirsted’ and we were filled.
What Are You Hungry For?
Hunger is a powerful tool, one that I’ve only really started to leverage in my life by experimenting with intermittent fasting.
There’s a great Proverb (16:26) that says “It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on”. This is 100% true. If I tell myself I’m not allowed to eat lunch until I finish XYZ, or that I can’t have a snack until I do the housework you can guarantee I’ll get the work done.
But putting physical food aside for a moment, what are you hungry for? What do you spend your days thinking about, dreaming about and planning for?
You see hunger drives us. When we’re hungry for something, we go after it. It’s what drove ancient man to hunt/gather, and it’s what drives the Black Friday shoppers to snatch a great deal…
When we hunger and thirst after righteousness, it changes the way we live our lives, the decisions we make, the thoughts in our head and the goals we strive after. It propels us forward in their direction. It drives us to take action.
So as I read Matthew 5:6 this morning one very clear thought was in my mind:
Of course those who hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled… because they’re going to go out there and get it.
See you tomorrow.