Verse 6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Being thirsty or hungry in not an unusual condition in the Bible or our regular life. The children of Israel displayed those characteristics of thirst or hunger when they were in the desert, being led by Moses. They mostly complained about what God hadn’t given them, This is not the “hunger and thirst” that Jesus spoke of here. The physical hunger one feels is real and will cause a person to do just about anything. Esau gave up his birthright for just a pot of porridge. Or, it might be a deep hunger for other than food; Judas had a hunger for money, 30 pieces of silver to be exact. There have always been people who thirst after wealth and who would do anything for it. But we are not talking about the physical hunger or thirst we all have.
If God’s creation would truly hunger and thirst after God and a Godly life we all would be better off. Jesus is telling us that there is an attitude that we all need; it is like the example in the Psalms found in 42:1-2,1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
Or Psalm 63:1, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Friends, a Christian should have such a longing for God and a hunger and thirst after God and His righteousness, like a deer who pants after the water or the man whose body needs water in a desert place. Man or beast will search for the water until he finds it because it is so necessary to his life and existence. A believer cannot live without the righteousness of the Lord God. He or she will not be able to live the “Jesus life” as long as they seek out their desires and ways of thinking and attitudes that come from the world. This act is not physical but spiritual. The physical and spiritual work on a different level and are at times at war with one another. To overcome the physical desires, the spiritual life must find priority in our lives. Righteousness is of God and can be received in no other way but through surrender to Christ who lives in us and to the Spirit of God working in our hearts.
Jesus says that those who genuinely search will find fulfilment of their hunger and thirst. He tells the woman at the well, John 4:14,“but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” He also speaks about those who come to Him will find the spirit food they need as well having their thirst satisfied. John 6:35, “Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Is your spiritual hunger and thirst so great in your life that you are longing for that fulfilment from Christ? What are you doing to fulfill that spirit urge that God has set in your heart and life?
One must first surrender their life fully to the Lord without seeking to keep something for yourself.