Hunger for Righteousness


"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." - Matthew 5:6

What a stunning statement by Jesus in the opening section of the Sermon on the Mount. What a glorious promise that the hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied. It's a statement that only He can make. We are wholly incapable of achieving righteousness on our own, but Jesus offers His righteousness freely to us. It is for our sake that God made Him to be sin, who knew know sin, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).

Luther said of those who begin to grasp the grace of God shown to us through Christ, "they sense it like a wonderful taste or odor that they greatly desire and pursue and they are amazed that they cannot grasp it or comprehend it as they would like. They hunger, thirst, and yearn for it more and more; and they never tire of hearing about it or dealing with it."

May this be true of us.

Let's keep our hunger and thirst for the lesser desires of this life in check, lest we fill ourselves with that which cannot ultimately satisfy our souls.

Let's stop expecting churches to fill us up so we go away sated, getting increasingly fat week by week, and instead pray that our churches may stir in us a greater hunger and thirst for Jesus so that we may find true satisfaction in Him.

Hunger and thirst for righteousness. In Jesus you will be satisfied.