Beatitude #4- “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (from Matthew 5:6)
A hunger and thirst for righteousness is the antecedent to obtaining it. When we hunger and thirst physically we have a deep internal need which can only be filled through an outside source; food and drink. And so it is in the spiritual realm as well. It is therefore obvious that our Lord is referencing Himself here, just as He refers to Himself elsewhere in Scripture as the “Bread of Life” and the “giver of Living Water” (John 6:32-35; 48-51; 7:37-39). He also says His body is “true food” and His blood “true drink” (John 6:55-57). Without Jesus’ supply for our craving need, we cannot obtain righteousness-a right standing with God. For in fact, our righteousness is not our own, but rather is given by Him to those who by faith receive it. But, we must first realize our need for it (outside of ourselves) and our source for it (in Jesus Christ) before we can receive it. Then and only then will the promise associated with this beatitude come true: “For they shall be filled and completely satisfied”. (Isaiah 55:1,2) Glory!