A Holy Desire - Satisfied

by David & Stephen Olford

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

Thought: Man's natural inclination is to shut himself off from God. He is so full of himself and his sin that he desires nothing of God or His righteousness. Upon such fullness the Lord Jesus pronounced the word of solemn condemnation (Luke 6:25). On the other hand, when people are truly open to God and are hungering and thirsting for righteousness, the same Saviour pronounces the word of blessing. Such openness for God represents:

The Indication of Holy Desire

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst" (v. 6). We must understand these words in the context and climate of the day in which the Lord Jesus spoke them. Hungering and thirsting were indicative of an intensity of desire. The Psalmist knew something about this when he cried: "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God" (Psalm 42:1-2).

The words before us also suggest an insatiability of desire. The verb is in the present continuous, literally: "Blessed are they that go on hungering and thirsting after righteousness." This holy desire for God is represented here as something that goes on increasingly until the believing soul becomes desperate for God. Can you and I claim to have such a holy desire for God and His purpose of righteousness for our lives?

The Satisfaction of Holy Desire

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" (v. 6). Some versions substitute the word "filled" for "satisfied". God has pledged Himself to open His hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The God Who feeds the sparrow and hears the raven's cry will never disappoint the soul that hungers and thirsts after His righteousness (and indeed after God Himself). Such a desire will be satisfied by our God.

Thrust: We must remember that this beatitude is declared by our Lord Himself, who modeled such a holy desire, and who God has made "unto us""righteousness" (I Corinthians 1:30). A true passion for righteousness will translate into a holy passion for Christ Himself and a desire to be like Him.

David Olford teaches expository preaching at Union University's
Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, Tennessee

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