Matt.5:6 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Have you ever thought of spiritual hunger as a gift from God? If you really think about it how could it be anything else? If the Bible is true no one has a hunger for God unless it comes from the Lord. Paul said it like this,
“THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”
If Paul is right then how can there be any hope for any of us? We can see the answer in Paul’s personal story. Paul was angry, full of hatred toward Christianity when everything changed. In a moment he went from angry to hungry. What changed him? He was changed by one glimpse of the glory of God. Spiritual hunger is created when Christ becomes real to us. Here is how the great Puritan pastor Matthew Henry described this phenomenon.
“We must truly and really desire them (spiritual things), as one who is hungry and thirsty desires meat and drink, who cannot be satisfied with any thing but meat and drink, and will be satisfied with them, though other things be wanting. Our desires of spiritual blessings must be earnest and importunate; “Give me these, or else I die; every thing else is dross and chaff, unsatisfying; give me these, and I have enough, though I had nothing else.” Hunger and thirst are appetites that return frequently, and call for fresh satisfactions; so these holy desires rest not in any thing attained, but are carried out toward renewed pardons, and daily fresh supplies of grace. The quickened soul calls for constant meals of righteousness, grace to do the work of every day in its day, as duly as the living body calls for food.“
To the natural mind spiritual hunger doesn’t make sense. How can we want what we don’t know or see? That’s why I say spiritual hunger is a gift, we receive it like everything else from the Lord, by faith. In a moment we are justified by grace through faith and hungry becomes part of who we have become. So this is what Jesus meant, blessed or happy are those who hunger after righteousness, they shall be filled.