True Hunger = Empty Hands

30 Aug
We’ve made it to Matthew 5:6 in our focus on the beatitudes.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; for they will be filled.”
I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, a couple of words in this verse likely evoke different thoughts in today’s culture than when originally spoken. “Hunger” and “righteousness.” 
Have you ever experienced a desperate state of hunger? I haven’t, not to a point of entering starvation. It’s always been within my ability to satisfy my need (or to be real, more often my desired craving.)
What about righteousness? Outside of scripture, the most common form I hear of this word is “self-righteous.”  What a negative connotation that brings, and the opposite of what the verse addresses.
Matthew 5:6 is saying those who recognize their own emptiness and inability to satisfy a true hunger for right standing before the holy God, they will be filled. Not the ones who only want the benefits of a mighty God. Not ones who want to compare themselves to others and be called righteous. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness recognize a crucial need for knowing God and being close to Him, and understand they must rely on God to fill that need.
I’m reminded of a song, part of the lyrics say, “Blessed are the ones who understand, we’ve nothing to bring but empty hands.” The song is Fall Apart by Josh Wilson.
Here the entire song here, with lyrics posted.
God, here are my empty hands.

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