HAPPY ARE THE HUNGRY
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Have you ever been really hungry? We all talk about being hungry, but most of us don’t miss many meals. In other times and in other lands, it is not so. Many people face hunger on a regular basis, the kind of hunger that nothing else matters, the kind of hunger that can’t think of anything else. Your life is in jeopardy and you have to have food, you have to get it now. Most of us have never experienced that kind of desperation. That is the kind of hunger Jesus was talking about. He said when you hunger after spiritual reality like your life depends on it you will be satisfied. Jonathan Edwards spoke often of spiritual hunger, listen to these words.
“Such a holy desire, or thirst of soul, denotes a man truly blessed: Matt. v. 6. “Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” And this holy thirst is connected with the blessings of eternal life: Rev. xxi. 6. “I will give unto him that is athirst, of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
The scriptures speak of holy joy, as a great part of true religion. So it is represented in the text. And as an important part of religion, it is often pressed with great earnestness; Psal. Xxxvii. 4. “Delight thyself in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
Most of us don’t know what satisfied is in the spiritual world. To be satisfied with God, that is the greatest joy available to man. When spiritual satisfaction settles into your soul, your longing for the carnal delicacies of this world begin to weaken, you are content with God. But that is when the real hunger for more settles in. You will be satisfied in regard to the things of this world, but eating spiritual food awakens a hunger that is healthy, you know there is more. From that day you become a strange contradiction, satisfied but hungry, content but desperate. You have lost your appetite for worldly pleasures but that other kind of appetite, the one that needs Him has been awakened in your soul. From this day you are that living irony, full but hungry. Only those who have feasted at His table can possibly understand.