"What do you desire most? Do you long for more of God in your life or have you lost that hunger and thirst?" - BIBLESEO
"Heavenly things cannot support the body; they are not suited to its nature: earthly things cannot support the soul, for the same reason. When the uneasy sensation termed hunger takes place in the stomach, we know we must get food or perish. When the soul is awakened to a sense of its wants, and begins to hunger and thirst after righteousness or holiness, which is its proper food, we know that it must be purified by the Holy Spirit, and be made a partaker of that living bread, or perish everlastingly." - Adam Clarke
"Something or other the soul will be hungering and thirsting after; therefore they are blessed who fasten upon the right object, which is satisfying, and not deceiving; and do not pant after the dust of the earth..." - Matthew Henry
"People covet things in proportion, not to their worth, but to their worthlessness. No one covets what he much needs. Covetousness is the sin, mostly not of those who have not, but of those who have. It grows with its gains, is less satisfied, the more it has to satisfy it, and attests its own unreasonableness, by the uselessness of the things it craves for." - Barnes' Notes
Today, we would like to focus on two specific Scriptures in the Bible and see what Holy Spirit has to say to us through them.
Matthew 5:6 says - "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
Amos 2:7 says - "That pant after the dust of the earth..."
In the first case, we have people who are "hungering and thirsting" after "righteousness." In the second case, we have people who are "panting after the dust of the earth."
In Matthew 5:6, the Lord Jesus used an expression of strong, intense, and importunate desire. He described a people who - with a fiery zeal - are truly desiring to be holy as God is holy. They are seeking after the spiritual blessings of the new covenant...a daily fresh supply of all the graces of the Kingdom of God...a full restoration to the image of God... and an entire conformity to the law of God. Their deepest cravings are indeed after spiritual blessings - rather than the riches, honors, and pleasures of this world.
These spiritual "seekers" are constantly "hungering and thirsting" for -
1) The Presence of God - Deuteronomy 4:29 says - "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul."
2) The Word of God - Psalm 119:20 says - "My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto Thy judgments at all times."
3) The Communion of Christ - Philippians 3:11-13 says - "If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: But I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
4) The Fellowship of the Spirit - John 7:37-38 says - "...If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink...out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
5) Righteousness - Matthew 5:6 says - "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness..."
6) Power - Acts 1:8 says -"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you..." Luke 10:19 says - "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy..."
7) The Manifestation of God's Glory In The Earth - Exodus 33:18 says - "And he (Moses) said, I beseech thee, show me Thy glory."
8) The Knowledge Of God's Will - Colossians 1:9 says -"...do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding."
9) More and More of the Knowledge Of God - Colossians 1:10 says - "...increasing in the knowledge of God."
10) The Conformity To Christ's Image - 2 Corinthians 3:18 says - "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
On the other hand, the Prophet Amos mentioned a people who "panted after the dust of the earth..." They craved, coveted, or eagerly thirsted for "white and yellow dust" or the riches of this world - silver and gold. It didn't matter how they got it or what evil devices were used to obtain it. Their hearts were set on riches - commonly that which belonged to another - and they were determined to get all they could.
Both people mentioned in these verses of Scripture had a passion - one had it for God, and the other for gold. Both were seeking after their desired object with all of their heart and with every bit of their strength and energy. Their attitude was that they would not be denied. They would get what they were after.
Sad but true, there are many Christians who had started off by "hungering and thirsting" after God and His righteousness. However, their "hunger" was soon dispelled by worldly anxiety, the deceitfulness of riches, the lust for things and worldly pleasures, and the failure to continue in God's Word. It wasn't long before their "hunger" for God was replaced by a "hunger" for gold - the riches of this world. Instead of "hungering and thirsting after righteousness," they found themselves "panting after the dust of this earth."
What about you, O Christian? Where are you in your walk with the Lord?
"What do you desire most? Do you long for more of God in your life or have you lost that hunger and thirst?"
Never forget these important truths laid out for us in the Full Life Study Bible -
"The foundational requirement of all godly living is to hunger and thirst after righteousness."
"The Christian's hunger for the things of God is destroyed by worldly anxiety, deceitfulness of riches, desire for things and worldly pleasures, and failure to abide in Christ."
"When the hunger of believers for God and His righteousness is destroyed, they will die spiritually."
Are you spiritually alive or slowly dying?
We leave you with one last thought.
Moses cried out to God - "Show me Your glory!" (Exodus 33:18) David passionately confessed - "My soul thirsts for God" (Psalm 42:2). And the Apostle Paul fervently prayed - "That I may know Him" (Philippians 3:10). All three of these men had a GREAT HUNGER for their God.
What is your heart's cry today?