Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness: A Spiritual Drink and Diet

"Spiritual Thirst: Taste Righteousness Today"

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/29/2023

Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
A Spiritual Drink and Diet

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled (Matthew 5:6)

Have you ever drunk a spiritual drink or eaten a spiritual food? Let's find out what it tastes like if you have not drunk or tasted this food before.

The story of Sadhu Sunder Singh serves as a backdrop for understanding the hunger and thirst for righteousness. The story goes, Singh was brought up as a follower of the Sikh faith. Sundar first became a Christian while attending a primary school administered by the American Presbyterian Mission, where the New Testament was used as a "textbook" every day. Sundar "refused to read the Bible during the daily sessions. Although the teaching of the Gospel on the love of God somewhat appealed to him, however, he still believed it to be untrue. During this confusing situation, Sundar's mother died when he was fourteen years old. His mother was a devoted woman, and they were quite close. Sundar, in his anger, publicly burned a copy of one of the Gospels. Sundar Singh could no longer bear his anguish after three days. Late one night in December 1903, he arose from bed and pleaded to God to reveal himself to him if he indeed existed. If not -- "I planned to throw myself in front of the train which passed by our house." Sundar Singh prayed for seven hours straight "O God, if there is a God, reveal thyself to me tonight." The next train was due at five o'clock in the morning. The hours passed. Suddenly the room filled with a glow. A man appeared before him. Sundar Singh heard a voice say, "How long will you deny me? I died for you; I have given my life for you." He saw the man's hands, pierced by nails.

This was an amazing sight for Sunder Singh. He has never experienced such peace in his heart. However, after meeting with Jesus that day his whole confusion was gone, and he believed in Jesus Christ.

Often people stop this story here, while the real story begins after Sunder's acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ. The same happens with any believer's life the real trial begins after accepting the Lord Jesus Christ. Our real challenges of thirst and hunger for righteousness only fulfill going through hard times.

Many historians state that after accepting Christ, the life of Sunder totally changed. His main target was Tibet where he preached the Word of God and faced several persecutions. Many times, people tried to kill him, but every time he knelt before the Lord and prayed for them. These days, Sunder must have understood the real meaning of 'filling up to be like Christ' when he was gone through several trials and punishments.

This whole story teaches us an important lesson that there was a heavy cost for our righteousness that Jesus paid on the Cross. We get this righteousness the moment we accept Jesus Christ, however, the thirst and hunger for this righteousness fills us once we go through trials and punishments. The disciples of Jesus Christ must have understood the real meaning of this 'filling up to be like Christ' when they were gone through the trials and punishments. The Bible says "As the apostles left the Council, they were happy because God had considered them worthy to suffer disgrace for the sake of Jesus."(Acts 5:41).

What a pleasure we have for filling ourselves to suffer disgrace in the name of Christ and then praying for those who disgrace us in the name of Christ. Isn't this an honor for us? Instead of getting angry about being disgraced, we get filled with righteousness to be more like Christ! This quench of thirst and satisfaction of hunger fills us to be His righteousness.

Let's pray heavenly Father we come before you and thank you for the hard times we face and the temptations of faith we go through to fill ourselves to be like you. Lord, we thank you as your righteousness quenches our thirst and your righteousness satisfies our hunger. Lord help us to be going through hard times and troubles we become like you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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