This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
Invitation to the Thirsty
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
Come, Eat, Listen | Becky Newman
The words that are repeated in these two verses indicate emphasis and urgency in God’s message to the people. Come, eat, listen — they are all actions, things that God wants us to do to seek Him and His righteousness. And the 4th Beatitude shows these are things He wants us to be too, not just one and done but ever hungering and ever thirsting for Him. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. The reward is the same in the 4th Beatitude as it is here in Isaiah 55:1-2 — satisfaction. Though it’s a continual desire of hunger and thirst, we find satisfaction in doing it.
I just love ice cream so much. My husband and I had coupons for double scoop sundaes this last week, and I even ate a salad for dinner so I would have more room for ice cream goodness, but I reached maximum stomach capacity before I got to that second scoop and was so sad that I had to throw the rest away. In the world I can touch and see, it seems there’s always an end to goodness. But not so with You. Your ways are not the world’s ways, so You give me satisfaction as I continually come, eat, and listen. That’s why I can’t imagine heaven without an all-you-can-eat ice cream bar and endless stomach capacity.
Thank You for satisfying my hunger and thirst, always so faithfully. May I continue to come to You, eat my daily bread, and listen and learn from You — the only One who can fully satisfy.
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