“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
I heard someone say once that the older they get the more that they think about the “hereafter.” By hereafter, he went on to say that as he goes into other rooms looking for something he forgets what he came for and wonders what “he is hereafter.”
Life is like that sometimes as we seem to be in search of what is truly significant. We have a longing for something and many times we are so restless. We try to fill these longings with things, experiences, accomplishments, and exploits but the longing remains.
The prophet Jeremiah described this problem well when he said we are trying to drink and be satisfied from broken cisterns or wells. In other words, from a source that will never satisfy. I love how C.S. Lewis spoke to this issue when he said:
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
As C.S. Lewis said, we were indeed made for another world and thus our priorities ought to be different. Our focus as believers should be first and foremost to seek the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jesus gave the secret of being satisfied in Matthew 5:6. What did He mean by this verse? First, I think we need to recognize that Jesus is directing us to a new priority. To “hunger and thirst after righteousness” conveys the same meaning found in Matthew 6:33. That verse declares: “But seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and His righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.”
Can you imagine how our lives would change if we focused our lives around the idea of seeking God first? What would our days be like if we prioritized time with God each day before anything else? What would it be like if we sought God for what He would have us do with the decisions and directions of our lives?
The answer is found in Matthew 5:6. The last part of that verse tells us that we will be filled or satisfied. We will then begin to find what we are searching for!
Instead of pursuing all the things that this world can offer, we must recognize that the only way to find satisfaction in this life is to make Jesus Christ the #1 relationship of our lives and then pursue His agenda for our lives.
Many of you reading this today may be a little discouraged in your walk. My prayer is that God will use this verse to encourage each of us that He is the only answer to our heart’s longings!