O the blessedness of those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied Matthew 5:6
What does spiritual hunger and thirst really mean? To have physical need for nourishment means that the body is wearing down because it lacks the nutrients and chemicals found in food and drink to function properly. So it is with the soul. Our heart from the spiritual perspective has certain needs to truly make us alive. That need is the righteousness of God which truly satisfies the heart.
Hungry for Spiritual Food
The word hunger depicts a deep craving or longing. There is a desire within each of us for knowledge and wisdom. Some seek worldly and are temporarily satisfied and do not understand why they never truly feel complete. Then there are those who seek spiritual knowledge and wisdom. These are the ones who hunger for righteousness seek the divine righteousness that we are given by grace through faith in Jesus. This is a true intention of the heart as the reliance on this food is the reliance only upon God to meet our needs. Seeking God’s righteousness means that material things, though necessary for survival, are not absolutes and will not fully satisfy the longing of the spirit to be with the Father again.
Thirsting for the Living God
The word thirst is that painful need for water to stay alive. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are those who seek to know, believe in, trust, and have faith in Jesus who is the bread of life (the Word) and grants us access to the Living Water. Water is life. Our bodies need water to survive. Not just that it needs replenishment of minerals and other things found in the water that help is move. Water is the main ingredient in plasma that moves the blood cells so that the nutrients can get to where they need to go. Living Water is that which brings life eternal. Without this living water, our spirits cannot move.
This Truly is a MATTER of the HEART
God tells Joshua in his commission to lead Israel that he needs to Keep the Word on the heart not just in it. Keeping the Word on our hearts creates that barrier from the world to take over our needs and desires and provides for the Word to be in our heart so that it is what we rely on to live. What do we seek first? We are told that we should seek first the Kingdom of God for that is where true living and happiness is.
St. Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
Which is more right, seeking spiritual experiences, material blessings, signs of the miraculous, knowledge and wisdom, or seeking the righteousness of God. The righteousness of God alone truly satisfies the heart, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt 6:33). The Humble Heart Seeks God for only in Him will there be peace.