Last week, we looked at “blessed are the meek.” After realizing our inability to do anything to save ourselves and mourning over our sin, one would have meekness, which is power surrendered to God’s control (You can read Part 3 here).
This week we are looking at Matthew 5:6.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” – Matthew 5:6
What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Food and water are necessities to life. Someone who hungers and thirsts for righteousness needs it. It is essential to our lives as Christians.
After recognizing our spiritual brokenness and the fact that there is nothing we can do to gain salvation, mourning over our sin, and being humbled before God, we hunger for the righteousness of God. We long for God’s salvation and to become more like Him. This longing isn’t something that will go away either. As Christians, we will always desire righteousness. We will always desire to be more like Christ.
Just to be clear, it is a hunger to know God and be like Him. A desire for the complete righteousness of God. As we grow in our relationship with Christ and become more like Him, our desire for righteousness will grow. It will be something that we always desire.
For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. — Psalm 107:9
Until we hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness, the next few beatitudes can’t follow. We can’t become merciful, pure of heart, or peacemakers when we are still desiring sin. It isn’t until after God saves us from our sin and gives us a desire for righteousness that we can then go on to be merciful like He is (which is the next Beatitude).
That’s the beauty of the Beatitudes. God doesn’t do anything randomly or by accident, and Jesus’ teaching in Matthew is no exception. There is a very specific order to them. We have to recognize our sinfulness and our inability to do anything to gain our own salvation before we can mourn over our sin. We have to mourn over our sin before we can humble ourselves and submit ourselves to Christ. And we have to see our brokenness, mourn, and be humbled before we can truly desire righteousness.
Your sister in Christ,