Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Matthew 5:6


I love food. Too much. Just thinking about food makes me want to put down my pencil in search of chocolate. Or bread. Or a cookie. Or some other tasty little morsel. Perhaps that is why my attempts to shed unwanted pounds are so often futile.

The girl pictured here knows what it is like to be hungry. To have her desire for food remain unmet. I do not understand that kind of hunger. My refrigerator is full. My pantry is overflowing. And I am already planning my next trip to the grocery store.

This girl’s stomach is sometimes empty, but she has another appetite which IS being filled. A hunger for something which truly satisfies. A craving for something which will last for eternity. A desire to know God and be known by Him.

I had the privilege of visiting this impoverished neighborhood with a friend who ministers to this people group. At the first sight of my friend’s minivan, this girl was at the church door, wanting to be the first to enter. When I saw this girl’s eagerness to be in church, I was moved to tears. She knows physical hunger and thirst. But more importantly, she is hungering and thirsting after righteousness. Jesus promises that she will be filled.

How healthy is my spiritual appetite?



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