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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Monday, September 8, 2014


"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."  
Matthew 5:6

Jesus made a special point of using the symbolism of SALT to show us the nature of our EXAMPLE and TEACHING before a watching world. Let us meditate on SALTINESS.

I Hunger and Thirst for You

I hunger and thirst for You 
I hunger and thirst for You 
In the desert of my need 
You're the fountain that I seek 
You're the Living Water I keep running to 
I hunger and thirst for You

I hunger and thirst for you.  (repeat)
In the desert of my need, 
You are the fountain that I see.  
You are the living water I keep running to.  
Heaven’s manna, bread of life.  
Fill the emptiness inside.  
Nothing else can satisfy me like you do.

I love this Hymn because it well expresses just how much my heart thirsts and hungers for His Law:   the principles that lead me into the path of righteousness.  I thirst and hunger for more learning and more knowledge.  Only God's Law can satisfy my hungry and thirsty soul.  Oh, how I love thy Law!

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."  Matthew 5:6

Water is vital to all forms of living things including human beings.  It is vital to our own health. Water covers 71% of all the earth.  Without it no man can survive.  We can survive without food for a reasonable amount of time, but not without water.  Pure water is essential to our health.  We need pure water to stay healthy because contaminated water can sicken our whole body.  Hunger on the other hand, is the yearning for food.  When man is hungry he will do nearly anything to satisfy that yearning. His life depends on it.  Hunger strongly motivates us to feed ourselves so as to alleviate this sometimes painful sensation.  Hunger can cause weakness, lack of focus and irritability.  It is powerful!

From a spiritual point of view, the hunger and thirst for God must be as intense as the biological one. It is this hunger and thirst for God that produces in us a passion to seek Him and follow His righteousness.  It is one of the marks of authenticity of a true believer and follower of our Lord.

Consider what David stated about thirsting for God's righteousness:

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?  Psalm 42:1-2

David also said regarding the thirsty soul that finds satisfaction only in God, "O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water."  Psalm 63:1.

Our Lord and Savior is pure and uncontaminated water to us.  Our soul cannot survive without Jesus giving us the living water that springs up unto eternal life.  Notice what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well, "Jesus answered and said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.'"  John 4:14-15.

Jesus is our only TRUTH.  His TRUTH sets us free from the slavery of SIN,  "And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  John 8:32.  He sets us free from the contaminated water of SIN which we drink constantly when we are in the kingdom of darkness and serving the appetite of the flesh.  Only Jesus can satisfy that hunger for righteousness.  We must drink and keep thirsting for that pure water so that we may find freedom and seek righteousness.  We must stop drawing water from the wrong well.  Jesus is our well of righteousness.  He is our fountain of living water.  We must keep running to it with intense hunger and thirst.  Jesus is also our manna from heaven.  He is our bread of life that was bruised and broken for the salvation of our soul.  We must yearn to have our souls fed by Him until we die to self.  He is the only one who can regenerate our mind and soul, but we must thirst and hunger for Him and His righteousness ALL the time.  There is no other way to reverence His Lordship in His kingdom.  Paul wrote toward the end of his life the following:

"But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death"  Philippians 3:7-10

But didn't Paul know Jesus already?

Consider the following statements about hunger:
  1. Hunger is a symptom of immediate need:  When we are hungry, our brain immediately sends messages to our bodies telling us that we need to satisfy that sensation called hunger.  It is then that we must eat.  In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, in the Beatitudes, He said "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness."  In other words, those who are the blessed ones are NOT those who think they are righteous BUT those who humbly admit they lack and are in desperate need of His righteousness.   Those who wish to be more like Him.  Those who sincerely see that they have a long journey before them may truly become righteous.  If that is you, our Lord and Savior says you are blessed.  You shall be satisfied.
  2. Hunger is a sign of life:  Where there is life, there is hunger.  It is a spiritual sign of life to those who were dead because of sin.  And we must thank God for it.
  3. Hunger is a sign of good health:  Having a good appetite is a sign that a person is physically well.  There is danger when we lose our appetite.  It is a signal that something is wrong with us. Now let us apply this to our spiritual life and walk with Christ.  When you have a yearning to grow in Christ, to His stature, it is a good sign of spiritual health.  This is one of the marks of authenticity of a true follower of Christ.

Sadly, many incline their yearning toward other addictions, such as shopping, pop culture, self-image, and wrong relationships to fill them.  Then there is entertainment, computers, and social media such as Facebook, Twitter... video games, status, materialism....The list can be long!  They seem to be drinking from the wrong wells that can never satisfy their thirst.  They keep coming back to these contaminated waters over and over.  Are we looking for the wrong kind of satisfaction? Is this what we want and seek as true followers of Christ?  Are we hungering for righteousness? What do we know about hungering and thirsting for God's righteousness?  Do we want to be blessed and be satisfied in Him?  Are we walking in a manner worthy of our calling or vocation of Christ? "And He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf." 2 Corinthians 5:15.  "And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."   I Peter 2:24.  We must pursue Holiness because He is Holy.

Jesus is our only Living Water as we drink and seek Him diligently.  In Him we can find peace and rest for our thirsty and dying souls.  Jesus' living water fills us and satisfies us.  This is the only way we can eliminate the polluted water, and satisfy our thirst with clean water.  As we yearn for this Living Water, our souls no longer accept the sources of impure water.  "And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail."  Isaiah 58:11.

We must not deceive ourselves into thinking that we can drink of Jesus’ living water and at the same time continue drinking of the polluted and contaminated water called unrighteousness.  You cannot serve two masters.  We must get rid of the old leaven.  We must crucify self and dispose of the old man, the dirty water that once contaminated us, the weight of our sin.  Contaminated water and clean water are not by any means compatible.  Mixing both will result in pollution of the clean water. "For My people have committed two evils:  They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water."  Jeremiah 2:13.

In the same way, if we walk according to our flesh, we cannot hunger after righteousness.  We are not seeking or following Jesus, our Living Water and Manna, our Bread of life.  We must purpose in our heart, mind and soul to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  Matthew 6:33, but we must thirst and hunger for it in order to be satisfied.  The more we are filled with the Living Water and the Bread of life, the more we hunger and thirst for Him.  This is the blessedness of our walk here with Christ.  We will be satisfied with righteousness if we only drink of Him.  He will never allow us to die of thirst and hunger.  This is our great promise, "But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, 'Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.'"  I Corinthians 1:30.

"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'"  John 7:38

May the yearning in our heart and soul find the only source of eternal life, our Lord and Savior.  May we hunger and thirst for Him, our Manna and Living Water, that we may be blessed and be satisfied with His righteousness.  May we be renewed in Him by drinking of the fountain of Living Water, the One and Only source of eternal life.

 "Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."  Revelation 22:1