I feel like I have been hungry for practically my whole life. Hungry for something that would make me feel full, for something that would make me happy. It’s like I know something is missing, and I am hungry for whatever it is.
As a child, I became convinced that what was missing from my life was:
- Star Wars action figures
- An Atari game system
- Dating this girl at school
- Making the All-Star team
- Getting my driver’s license
- Owning my own car
- Moving out of my mother’s house
- Getting a job
- Buying a better car
- Having a wife
- Being more successful
- Owning a house
- Then owning a bigger house
- Having a child
- Making more money
I’ve spent my whole life feeling that the next thing I obtained or accomplished would fill me up. But, after “consuming” stuff, I end up hungry anyway.
I’m certain this is because I’m trying to fill myself with the wrong things.
Hungry For The Wrong Things
I know it’s not just me who struggles with an insatiable hunger. I personally know of:
- Women who have romantic fantasies about every guy except their husbands.
- Husbands have sexual fantasies about women who aren’t their wives.
- Parents who are so desperate for their kids to succeed in life that they’ll do anything.
- Kids who will do anything out of desperation for their parent’s approval.
- Rock stars who wish they did something meaningful.
- Worship leaders who wish they were rock stars.
- Teenagers who are lonely and will do anything to become surrounded by friends.
- Popular kids who regret what they’ve done to be surrounded by friends.
- Poor people who wish they had more to escape the pressures of poverty.
- Wealthy people who wish they had less to escape the demands of maintaining their possessions.
All of these people were convinced the next thing would be what filled them up. However, after “eating” all this stuff, they still find themselves hungry for more. The truth is, they continue to experience hunger because they are filling themselves with the wrong things.
Blessed Are Those
I’ve spent my whole life feeling that the next thing I obtained or accomplished would fill me up. However, after “consuming” stuff, I end up hungry anyway.
In his famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made eight statements that begin with, “Blessed are those…”
He is telling us how to live a blessed life. The word “blessed” relates to the idea of being happy. So, Jesus is basically saying, “Here’s how to be happy and live a full life.”
One of those statements is, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
What is righteousness? Righteousness is about being right with God. We’re made right with God, not by the way we live, but by putting our faith in Jesus.
Most people think, “If I’m a good person than I’m right with God.” God states that none of us are good enough, but we are loved enough. God loves us, so he sent Jesus. If we put our faith in him and what he did on the cross, we’re made right with God.
When we are made right with God, we move into a meaningful relationship with him. As a result, how we live our lives often changes. We’re not made right with God by how we live, but when we’re made right with God, it changes the way we live.
We start living in a right way, a more “righteous” way, because we love God. We don’t live the right way so we can earn his love and acceptance. We live this way because we’re grateful that we’ve already received his love and acceptance.
Righteousness is all about God. It begins and ends with God. We hunger and thirst for God, and everything God leads us to.
Do you want to be blessed? Happy? Then Jesus says you need to hunger and thirst for that.
This isn’t the only place Jesus talks about this kind of hunger. He said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).
We’re not made right with God by how we live, but when we’re made right with God, it changes the way we live.
Jesus, who was God and came to earth for us, says, “You need to be hungry for me. I need to be who you look for to fill you up.”
And Jesus again says, if you hunger for God, you will be filled. This means desperately wanting and desiring to be filled with God.
Taste and See
If you’re not sure that what you want is God, I would guess it’s because you’ve never really tried God.
I love cream soda. When my wife and I first started dating, I would offer her some of my cream soda. She’d always say, “No, I hate cream soda.”
After years of this, one day, I asked a different question. I asked, “Hey, have you ever tried cream soda?” She sheepishly shook her head.
I sat for a moment in stunned silence. Finally, “Then, how do you know you don’t like it?” She said, “I just do.” I asked, “Would you try it?” She said, “I guess.” So, she tried it, and said, “Yum! I love cream soda.”
Of course, she does! You can’t taste cream soda and not love it.
God wants you to try him. The Bible says in Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
God knows that you were designed to live the life he planned for you. Since God created you for a unique purpose, he also knows what you are really hungry for. He knows what makes you feel full. Moreover, he knows it might just bring you the happiness that you’ve always yearned for.
Ask yourself if you hunger for God. Are you regularly filling yourself with him? If not, will you taste and see that the Lord is good?
Do you long for a deep, authentic relationship with Jesus?
Here’s a hint: The end of you is the beginning. In this four-week devotional study, return to the first-century hillside with Jesus and the disciples. Sit among the crowd and listen in on Jesus’s words afresh. Receive his invitation to come to the end of yourself and find what you’ve always been searching for. Learn more about The End of Me now!
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