Hungry and Thirsty

Aching hunger is the sad reality of millions of children and adults around the world. A famished person’s only meaningful thought is, “How and what I am going to eat?” Hunger pangs drive people to desperation, and they will do anything to receive nourishment. Their bodies seem to scream out, “Give me food or I will die!”

Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6. Do we have a soul hunger to seek after righteousness, knowing that without it, we shall die? When we receive Christ into our hearts, we receive His righteousness. “Their righteousness is from Me, says the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17, NKJV. Christ’s righteousness is not given in return for wearisome pilgrimages or fatiguing exercise, but “it is freely given to every soul who hungers and thirsts to receive it.” Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, 18. 

Just as we need physical food for physical life, so we need Christ, the Bread of Heaven, for our spiritual life. We must be feeding upon Christ and His Word every moment, and then we shall “grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:15, 16.

As we fellowship with the Holy Spirit, He gives us power to overcome things which seemed impossible to conquer. “The heart that has once tasted the love of Christ, cries out continually for a deeper draft, and as you impart you will receive in richer and more abundant measure…. The continual cry of the heart is, ‘More of Thee,’ and ever the Spirit’s answer is, ‘Much more.’ Romans 5:9, 10.” Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, 20.