Friday, April 23, 2010

Being Hungry

Right about now you might be getting hungry. It’s time for everyone else to eat and you’re not that far into this 30 hour famine. Physically your blood sugar may be getting low, triggering your stomach to start producing acid in anticipation of food that should be arriving from above, but isn’t. You might be thinking about food and causing a salivary response. Soon every cell in your body will be waiting, wanting, desiring and craving nourishment.
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
Ok, we’re hungry, but what is righteousness, you ask. Good question! Righteousness is the quality of being pure, without guilt or sin.
Think about His words. He’s saying that it’s a good thing when every cell in your body is waiting, wanting, desiring and craving being without sin or guilt, and He is promising that those who crave righteousness like that will be filled. Simply, when you want with your whole self to be without sin, God will meet that need!
You are going to get more and more hungry. Really, it’s the truth. As you feel the physical effects of being hungry meditate on Jesus words, and what they mean. Are there areas in your life, your present or your past that cause you to feel guilt? Have you talked to God about those areas? Do you have a deep desire to be made clean?
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” That’s it. If you want that hunger and thirst to be filled, all you have to do is confess it to God, and He will forgive, cleanse and purify us, not just from part of our sin, but ALL of it. Not just a snack, or a drink of Gatorade, but a feast!
Imagine, you've been snacking on the bus after school on candy and chips, and you walk into your house and your mom has prepared a gourmet feast just for you. Only, you’re not hungry. You’ve filled up on junk food and you just can’t fit in another bite.
God wants us to be hungry. He wants us to be empty of all the junk that can’t satisfy us. He wants us to experience how much we need Him. Because, when you get to that point, when you know just how empty you can get, He knows that He can fill you. He’s got a feast of righteousness just waiting until you are hungry enough to come to Him. And when you know just how hungry you are, you will be able to taste and see how good God is!

Read Psalm 34
What promises do you see?
How are the righteous treated differently than those who do evil?
How do these promises apply to you today?