Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hungry for Righteousness

Wednesday, January 22, 2020   Some material taken from A Spiritual Appetite by Van Houser

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.
Matthew 5:6

Hungry for Righteousness

Have you ever had a large group of people going out to eat together that can’t decide where to go?  I always hate being the one to have to pick, because what if I pick somewhere that someone in the group doesn’t like?  Everyone of us has different tastes in foods that we like. 

Trying to satisfy our spiritual hungers we consume large quantities of physical things. God has put eternity in our hearts and we have an inconsolable longing. We try to satisfy it with greater financial position, being more popular, going new places, sexual exploits, sports, mind altering substances, getting more things, etc. But the longing remains.

Our souls are hungry, and our hearts are thirsty.  We have an insatiable longing for something, but everywhere we turn to try to satisfy it proves to be insufficient.  We are restless, and almost everywhere we turn the grass seems greener than where we stand. The great tragedy for us is that even though this is the Spirit of God beckoning us to Him, we turn away again and again to temporary pleasures that continuously turn to ashes in our hands. These lusts of the soul leave the sediment of guilt and loneliness. The drugs and alcohol can't keep you from waking up in the real world again and again, finding yourself with the same (or more) problems. Coming to the end of ourselves brings us to a place of desperation. And in our desperation, after we have exhausted all other possibilities, we turn to God as the only hope for our lives.

Our lives are cluttered with broken remains of random hungers that are thrown away before they're worn out, but we just had to have them. Reckless hungers drive us to drugs, danger, and depression. It is important that our desires be the best because we inevitably get what we desire. The Bible plainly states, for as he thinks within himself, so he is.  (Prov. 23:7).

We all want things – we were born wanting.  As Christians we have to be diligent to keep that in check because it can take over our hearts if we continuously give in to our desires.  It may not even be a terrible desire like drugs or alcohol, but anything we let take over our heart becomes the wrong thing when we give it a space meant only for God.

 Brother Van often says:

  •  What you WANT determines what you SEEK.
  • What you SEEK determines what you BECOME (destiny).
  • Man BECOMES what he WANTS--"he shall be filled."

When we seek the wrong things, sadly our lives become tainted with the consequences and it can consume us – our thoughts, our finances, our freedom.  It is a valuable lesson to learn early!  We were made for eternity and only eternal things will truly satisfy our longings.  Until we figure that out, we will keep running from one thing to another, collecting all the things that don’t work, I know because my house is full of things that satisfied me for a moment but left me empty in the long run. Only continually coming to eat and drink at God's banqueting table will fulfill all the longings of our souls.

Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Isaiah 55:2

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