Monday, October 18, 2010

Hungry for Righteousness

Something happens to me when I get an opportunity to speak or share or after I post a new blog...I get really hungry! No, it's not the munchies, I wish. The truth is, I click back and refresh and check my email and wait like a dog with my tongue hanging out for comments and feedback. I hunger for it.

I've been asking God to curb this appetite for words of affirmation from others, to stop this hunger in my soul - and this verse came to my heart:

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6

I think Jesus said this because he knows we get hungry. He doesn't blast the hunger, he directs it. We take our hunger to those around us. We hunger and thirst for approval, to be right with men. Jesus said blessed are those who hunger and thirst to be right with ME. My appetite for the approval of others will never be satisfied. What happens if I say something stupid that nobody likes? Jesus is the only one who can satisfy my hunger. He said those of you who hunger and thirst to be right with me - will be filled. That's the contentment I'm longing for.

Disclaimer: It wasn't easy to post this blog. Part of me wondered if my readers would ever leave comments again or if they would opt to join God in my character development. Well, you are excused from commenting on this post! God is working in my heart. But your feedback is also helping me grow so don't hold back forever! :)


yvonne said...

That's what I call a Breakfast of Champions!! I want to be "hungry" for Him!!

Dianne Myers Haneke said...

Amen to Yvonne's comment... Breakfast of Champions... God's Champions!

I join your redirection of hunger pangs, Lynn. I, too, have been praying for GOd to redirect my hunger to righteousness and off feedback, acceptance, even encouragement. God is sufficient. He is all we need! Thank you for the reminder, Lynn! Keep up the good work -- exercising your gift to write.