“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
A few months ago I attended a weekend series of presentations by Dr. Neil Nedley and several other presenters primarily dealing with mental health issues and lifestyle factors contributing to the promotion of a healthy mind. Several times over the course of the weekend I heard Dr. Nedley say, and others repeat, the same nugget of wisdom, “You can never get enough of what you don’t need.”
The truth of this proverb is evident in the epidemic levels of dysfunction going on in the world.
Some people are filling their homes to overflowing. Their lives are completely dominated by the things they own until you’re compelled to ask the question, “Do they own their stuff or does their stuff own them?”
Others try to self-medicate with alcohol, narcotics, or some other drug in the hope that they might at the very least escape to a place where they can feel better, but that state only lasts a little while and afterwards they feel worse off than they were before so they end up turning to more of their drug of choice so they can escape again.
It seems that almost everybody is tired and overextended these days which no doubt has contributed to the success the caffeinated beverage industry. The majority of Americans have made this their addiction of choice and now you hardly have to drive more than a mile to find a coffee or soda so that you can give yourself a boost.
But you can’t ever get enough of what you don’t need. No amount of stuff, entertainment, mind altering substances, stimulants or anything else will ever bring the satisfaction the human heart craves.
But in our focus text Jesus promises that there is a source of unfailing satisfaction. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
For the spiritual traveler on the road of salvation the righteousness that Jesus has to offer is truly satisfying. Christ’s righteousness will never clutter your life or leave you feeling imprisoned. The presence of the Holy Spirit will always lift you to new heights and will never leave you feeling lower than you were before you met him. What your Heavenly Father will ask you to do will give your life greater satisfaction and a purer sense of purpose; you’ll never regret the time you spend with him doing what he’s called you to do.
It’s true that you will want more of his righteousness. More of his love. More of his grace. More of his acceptance. More of the freedom and fulfillment you have when you love and work with him. It’s not that you weren’t satisfied. No the righteousness of God always satisfies, but it also makes you grow and now you have a greater capacity to use the blessings God has to offer. So you turn to him again because only he can satisfy.