The Beatitude – Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
Matthew 5:6 (NLT)

Welcome again to my series on the Beatitudes. This time I am going to switch to Young’s Literal Translation for the same verse.

6`Happy those hungering and thirsting for righteousness — because they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:6 (YLT)

The term “justice” in NLT literally means “righteousness”. We shall use this term in our lesson today. Let us start with hunger and thirst. They come from within us. No one can force nor threaten us to feel hungry and thirsty for righteousness. No matter how loud the fire and brimstone preacher can shout at us, he can never make us hungry and thirsty for righteousness. There are things that whether we have or not. Somehow, Jesus expected us to have this hunger. The question is whether we should obey? If we do then we will find out how to do it.

Let us start with whether we should obey Jesus. If we ask the theologians, they will tell us we have to or face the consequences. According to theologians, God is a sadist. He can do anything he wants on us no matter how evil and sadistic. Sometimes God can make you poor, sick and endure every kind of suffering because he wants to. This is supposed to be his good will for you. God is only giving you the grace and mercy to share in the suffering of Jesus. So, if you do not wish for God to give you the grace and mercy to share in the suffering of Jesus, you better obey his every word including feeling the hunger and thirst for righteousness.

If you truly know your Bible, you would have known that the above is only theology, which is just a perversion of God’s truth. God is not a sadist. He does not delight in making us poor, sick and go through any kind of suffering. God’s will for us is prosperity and health as our souls prosper. Therefore, if you truly desire to be rich beyond your wildest dreams, the smartest thing you can do is to obey God.

Since Jesus expects us to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness, then this righteousness must be instrumental for our prosperity. Let us look into another verse to verify this.

21 Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.
Proverbs 13:21 (NLT)

Being righteous qualifies us for the blessings from God. As I have shown in the earlier article, God’s blessings always make us rich and never cause sorrows. So, righteousness is good. Are you righteous? The good news is if you have received Jesus in your heart, you are automatically righteous. God’s righteousness is through faith in Jesus.

16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.
17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
Romans 1:16-17 (NLT)

If you are a Christian, you have God’s righteous through faith. Congratulations! You are qualified to receive God’s blessings of unlimited riches into your life. Some may say, “Wait a minute. If being a Christian qualifies one to God’s blessings of unlimited riches, why are there so many poor Christians in this world?”

I have someone asking me this question in this blog. I was even invited to visit a small town to see poor Christians as though I do not know there are poor Christians in this world. Let me make the truth clear.

1. There are many poor Christians in this world.
2. Poor Christians have the same right as rich Christians to receive God’s blessings of prosperity.
3. Poor Christians are poor because they are not using their rights as the rich Christians do.

This brings us back to the first verse in this article. Having a hunger and thirst for righteousness means having a strong desire to make use of our righteousness for our prosperity. We do not want to be righteous in name only. We want our righteousness to extend to every area of our lives in making us richer, healthier and happier. This is the hunger and thirst Jesus was saying in Matthew 5:6.

Once we have this hunger and thirst, Jesus promised to fill it. This means our “fate” is in our own hands. Jesus had promised to satisfy our hunger and thirst. It is up to us individually whether we are hungry and thirsty enough to exercise our righteousness. If you do, only the sky is the limit on how rich you can be. If you don’t, it is not God’s fault that you are not rich. When that happens, don’t go around telling people that God wants you to be poor. That is a blasphemy. God wants us to be rich in every area of our lives and he wants us to decide for ourselves whether we want to receive his blessings.

In short, the hungrier and thirstier we are, the more we will be filled. Thus, the richer we will get.

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