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)
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Intense Desire | Shiree King
The image of hunger and thirst compares the drive for righteousness with the deepest and most constant needs we have. Hunger and thirst constantly cry out for satisfaction; it is a basic human drive. The verb “seek” implies being continually absorbed in a search for something, or making strenuous and diligent effort to obtain something. The Christian’s hunger for the things of God is destroyed by worldly anxiety, deceitfulness of wealth, desire for things, life’s pleasures, and failure to remain in Christ.
I am struck by the intensity implied in this verse. If only I could have the desire for God that I can have for dessert…. Yet that desire for things not-of-God is exactly what distances me further from a true hunger for Him. When my hunger for God and His righteousness is lessened by my selfish choices, I begin to die spiritually. For this reason, it is essential that I be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s convicting work in my life and be aware of the things that pull me away. Continually absorbed. Strenuous, diligent effort.
Dear God, Forgive me for allowing other things get in the way of my hunger and thirst for You. Set my eyes on the eternal rather than the temporary. Please show me ways this week where I can make different decisions to seek You first. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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