Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Question: What if you and your family are too busy going to school or earning a living to be worried about things like hungering after righteousness?
Answer: Those kinds of activities are important and necessary in the world we now live in.
But, that does not mean we cannot put God first. This Beatitude is telling us that right thinking and acting must be a primary and deep desire. We must long to see goodness in the world!
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? . . . for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life.”
“The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness . . . For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.” (Ps. 18)
Perhaps you do not yet see the value in a life devoted to God and righteousness. But the Bible is filled with proofs and promises of God’s care for the righteous. You can prove it in your own life when you find yourself suddenly hungering and thirsting for something more.
Further Study: Can you think of any Bible characters who became “hungry”? Did God help them in any way?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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