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Don't settle for Take-Aways DAY 21

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Matthew 5:6

One of our elders’ couples once invited friends over for an evening dinner. They prepared the most succulent three-course meal and when the door-bell rang, opened it with great expectation. As they greeted one another the couple sheepishly asked Is that food we smell? We hope not, because we weren’t sure we are going to have dinner here, so we grabbed some Take-away food on our way here. Not a good start to the evening. Embarrassed they apologised for not having read the invite thoroughly and spent a rather short evening with them. Today’s verse from Jesus’s beatitudes made think about this story.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Our friend’s guests came filled, satisfied to their dinner date and they missed out on a wonderful meal, after settling for Take-aways. How many times isn’t this true of us? God sets a table for us, ready to fill us, to satisfy our deepest needs, but we come filled with temporary ‘junk food’ that will never satisfy us.

Many of us have change in some way in the last three weeks, perhaps thinking long and hard about our lives and what really matters. Maybe this has been a wake-up call to what really satisfies us. So many people run their whole lives after things that will never ever quench their soul’s thirst or still their hungry hearts. I believe with everything in me that only God can do that. But what does this mean? St Augustine said: “Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it rest in Thee.”

God has put eternity in our hearts and we have an inconsolable longing. We try to satisfy it with scenic vacations, accomplishments, stunning cinematic productions, sexual exploits, national sports extravaganzas, addictions, managerial excellence, etc., etc. But the longing remains. The hunger will not go away.

When Jesus says we will be blessed when we hunger and thirst for righteousness He is actually looking ahead to the next couple of verses we’ll discuss in the coming days. But to sum it up: Righteousness is showing mercy to other people; and righteousness is being pure in heart before God who alone can see the heart; and righteousness is the effort to make peace. Do remember that these acts of righteousness, flows from a position/status of righteousness that comes only from faith in Jesus. We call this imputed righteousness, that’s given to us through the redemption Jesus accomplished (2 Cor.5:21).

God is waiting to fill and satisfy those who hunger and thirst for this kind of righteousness. Perhaps your heart is restless, longing for more. Then for once in your life do not turn to the next short-run, temporary, backfiring pleasure that you hope will fill that void. Turn to Him in a simple prayer of surrender and ask Him to be your Satisfier.

Stay safe and stand strong.

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