It’s good to have a healthy appetite. We need food and water to survive. In the same way, we need a healthy appetite for God. We need spiritual food and the presence of God. Without it our souls will not survive. Gratefully Jesus offers the blessing of true satisfaction when we hunger and thirst for our right place with Him.
In ancient times the common man would have understood what it means to live on the edge of thirst and starvation. Food and water were in shorter supply. His hunger pains and unquenchable thirst were serious motivators to seek sustenance. In our modern western world, few understand what it means to be truly hungry or thirsty. The closest I get to “starving” are the cravings for a snack or the occasional desire for a “fourth-meal.” (I know it’s sad but true.)
Yet, amid the abundance of “good things” I pray that you will find your appetite for God and take your rightful place at God’s banquet, made possible in Christ. As you feast on the “best things” from God’s table this week, may you find His promise of deep soul-quenching satisfaction.
Matthew 5:6 (Paraphrase by William Barclay)
“Blessed is the man who longs for total righteousness as a starving man longs for food, and a man perishing of thirst longs for water, for that man will be truly satisfied.”
Matthew 5:6 NIV
”Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."
Matthew 5:6 The Message
"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.”