HUNGER AND THIRST
Continuing on in our series on the Beatitudes, we are focusing on the importance of having a hunger, thirst, passion, desire and enthusiasm for the things of Christ and how we can rekindle the fire for God.
Matt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
Jesus continues to reveal to us the pathway to being blessed in this life. Here he tells us that those who have deep desires for spiritual life will be saturated. He is talking about those who hunger for a right life, a great life, a noble life, an unselfish life that blesses others. The measure of a person is revealed by what their chief desires are. We can tell what our desire is because that will be defined by what we love and what we are looking forward too. We were designed to have desire within us, to be passionate, to be enthusiastic. Desire is enthusiasm of the heart for something. We need to content ourselves that if we desire God, then we are not going to be able to fulfill other appetites that can rage within us. We know that if we chase after some desires it will cost us our relationship with the Father.
Nothing in life is a substitute for enthusiasm. It is astonishing to me how many people are bored with life. Boredom is not about our circumstances, its about our state of spirit. If we are continually waiting to go somewhere hoping that will satisfy the hunger, the need for excitement, we will always be disappointed. We are bored because there is no fire in our bones.
Enthusiasm and excitement comes from within, not without. Enthusiasm comes from the person of the Holy Spirit bringing His fire with Him. But why does the fire go out? Below are three areas that cause the fire to go out:
Discouragement is one of the quickest ways to pour water on the fire. We all so easily get inspired to do certain things, but lack the courage to follow through. If the people you hang out with discourage you, find some new friends. When coals are close to each other in a fire they stay hot, if you isolate one of them they lose their heat, quickly turning cold. It is imperative to surround ourselves with people that build us up and not tear us down.
2. Lack of Fuel
The fire stays alive when we keep putting wood on the fire. Be in church. Be in the Word. Be in prayer. This is where your enthusiasm for God and life are found.
The saddest disease we have today is apathy. Many of us have died inside because we have no enthusiasm for anything anymore. We cannot be apathetic about God, we cannot be casual about our destiny beyond this life. David’s constant theme was that he desired God.
Ps 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my pants my soul for You, O God.
Ps 63:1 O God, you are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
Ps 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
This set him apart from his predecessor Saul, who in actual fact could easily be considered a more righteous man than David, but he had no heart for God. His desire was riches, power and prestige. When two of the disciples of Jesus were walking with Him on the road to Emmaus, they were amazed afterwards how their heart burned within the,. When our appetite for God, for prayer, for the Bible, for church begins to cool, this should be an alarm that we are dying on the inside. The Holy Spirit soaks us with spiritual life like fire in your heart.
Jesus’ words were that a person’s life would be full, would be filled when we have an enthusiasm for righteousness. The personification of righteousness is Jesus himself. Without Him we are empty people. We were made for Him. We need to echo David’s feelings when he said he thirsted for God. As long as we are not in alignment with that fact we will remain unsatisfied, mystified as to why we cannot gain some kind of contentment.
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