Have you ever been really hungry? My stomach is like a clock. By 11:30 a.m. I am hungry for lunch. At 12:00, I am thinking that I will hopefully be eating any time now. And at 12:30, I will say to myself, "I am starving to death." In reality, I am not starving to death at all. But I am hungry. Thanksgiving is an even greater challenge. After all the preparation, when it is finally time to sit down and eat, I am really hungry.
Are you hungry for God? Are you thirsty for spiritual things? Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6). A happy person passionately desires a righteous life. It is a thirst for God himself.
Our hunger for God could be determined by the way we see spiritual things. As you get ready for work, school, or whatever it is you are planning to do, will you make time for the Word of God? Do you hunger for what God has to say to you as you start your day? How about prayer? Is that something you make time for as well?
Happy people are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. They want to be right with God. They want to walk with God. They long for these things. That is where happiness will come from—not from the things of this world.
1. Do you starve for a holy life?
2. Do you hunger for God's best for you?
Challenge: Make the righteousness of God your passion and the hunger and the thirst of your life. Don't settle for the little half-hearted satisfaction of being a millionaire. Make it your prayer to hunger and thirst in such a way that we establish righteousness.
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