Meditation for Monday

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

How much money would it take to satisfy you? Don’t be too sure of your answer! I looked into an open casket one time, into the face of a man who a few days earlier was worth somewhere north of seven billion dollars. That is considerably more than the amount you just thought of, and yet it was not enough for K.C. Irving; he always wanted to expand his empire, to make a little more profit, to built a few more mills or ships or service stations. That’s money; it cannot satisfy. We could say the same of power or popularity or pleasure, and point to people who had gained more of those things than we could ever imagine, and they were never content to do anything but pursue more. We all spend our lives in one pursuit or another, some with greater vigour than others, but we all are chasing something. But our text tells us that only one thing can satisfy.

Righteousness is not a natural pursuit of man, although it should be. Our natural pursuits are those things of this world that will never fill us and that will never endure past death’s doorstep. Righteousness is a spiritual pursuit, and it is outside the possibility of the unsaved to even attempt to obtain. Some make a feeble attempt with their religion and their good works, but they can never find satisfaction and fulfillment in those. The righteousness that is by Christ, on the other hand, is the only thing that will give contentment here and give value in the life to come. That’s why a poverty-stricken child of God can wear a smile and sing a melody in his heart; he has feasted on that which truly satisfies. That is also why a child of God who has chosen to pursue material things or the world’s pleasures can never be happy in soul. Our Lord tells us what our appetite should be if we want satisfaction.

There is not enough money in the world to satisfy the billionaire, not enough pleasure in the world to content the heart of its lovers, not enough power in the world to satisfy the greatest despot. But enough righteousness is available to any and all saints who will seek it. Our text speaks of hungering and thirsting. There is a sense of urgency here, a deep and passionate desire. That is the way to pursue righteousness. It won’t fall into our laps if we fail to read and meditate on the Word of God, if we neglect to spend time in our Lord’s presence in prayer, if we refuse to assemble ourselves with His people, or if we develop no zeal in the Gospel.

God longs to satisfy the appetite for His righteousness. Do we long for Him to do so? -Jim MacIntosh

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