Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” NKJV
The Psalmist described spiritual thirst in an incredibly vivid pictorial manner in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” The picture, often passed over, is that of intense thirst and when we read Matthew 5:6, I wonder if we catch the implication that simply have a shallow craving for spiritual things will not bring one to this water nor satisfy that intense longing.
The word “thirst” is translated from the Hebrew (sama) and the Greek (dispos). There is an English word derived from “dispos”, the word “dipsomania” which described extreme thirstiness, but especially the insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages. It describes someone that has to have a drink. Thirst refers to the sensation of dryness of the mouth and throat which is caused by a lack of fluids resulting in a craving for something to quench that sensation. Using this understanding we find that people of almost any language use the word “thirst” to refer to an intense craving for something. We are said to have a thirst for knowledge, wealth, power, etc.
The question we should ask is, “have you been truly thirsty?” Understand I am not talking about the mild dryness of mouth and that sensation when we have been working in the heath of needing a drink of water. I am talking about being truly thirsty! I am referring to the thirst that Hagar and her son experienced in the wilderness in Genesis 21:14. Thirst was something the people of the Middle East readily understood. This is a subject the Bible refers to over and over again as it was very frequently a life threatening condition.
If you have been thirsty you know that some things quench thirst better than others. Yet, even water cannot quench the need for salt no matter how much you drink. Revelation 7:16, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst.” This is speaking of that time of eternal perfection that we do not fully know here on earth. We need the “Water of Life” from God for spiritual health and if we are going to be FILLED we have to become desperately thirsty.
Jesus’ declaration in Matthew 5 brings us face to face with the realization that if we are to have full satisfaction and be filled with Him and His righteousness we have to develop an intense thirst. Also, we know from the revelation of the Bible that ONLY JESUS can satisfy that thirst. ONLY His word can bring us the water of life. ONLY the Holy Spirit can lead us to the well of life and help us drink. If we are not filled the only biblical explanation is that we either have not become thirsty enough or we are not drinking of the water of life He brings. Either way is spiritual disaster.
The promise of God is that IF we are hungry and thirsty for Him and His righteousness we WILL BE FILLED. There is no gray area in this. If we are and drink then we are filled. What is your level of hunger and thirst?
God bless you as you go through this day!