How Can Man Be Satisfied?
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." - Jesus Matthew 5:6
The initial observation here is the word 'blessed'. And in regard to the initial observation, my first question in this would be, who is blessed? Those who hunger and thirst for worldly possessions? Those who have a full stomach or those who have a closet full of clothes? Is it those who have good health? Those who have a big family? It is none of those, but those who "hunger and thirst for righteousness".
The word 'blessed' means happy and to be envied. The word envy has always been interesting to me here, because it implies a feeling of discontent with regard to another's advantages, success or possessions. When we think of someone to envy, it is not typically concerning the righteousness of another. Then we have the word happy, implying pleasure and joy and delight. Again, we do not think of happy regarding righteousness. We think of what the world has taught us, deceitfully by the way, what happiness looks like. We think of someone who has their life together. Jesus teaches us that those who have their life together are not the one's to be envied or blessed or are happy, but those who have everything are the one's who "hunger and thirst for righteousness", and not those who hunger and thirst for this world.
Which leads me to this question - what about righteousness are they hungry and thirsty for? The Greek term for "righteousness" here means the approval of God. So, putting it in context, they hunger and thirst for God's approval. They desire to live their life in the Father's approval.
How does one live a life approved by God? Answer - they live a life of faith in Jesus Christ. The Word of God says that the whole world is charged with sin and that no one is righteous in God's sight (Rom. 3:9,10). No one can naturally live a life in the approval of God for this reason. To live a life approved by God occurs supernaturally. It happens by faith in Jesus. Why? According to the Scriptures the righteousness of God comes "through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe" (Rom. 3:23).
Those who pursue the righteousness of God, Jesus Christ, will be "satisfied". The Greek word for satisfies implies that they will be filled, fed, fattened, as one who has had their fill on some sort of food or drink. They will live their life content.
Many of us attempt to be satisfied through possessions or wealth but continue to come up discontent. Those things do fill us but it is only temporary. If you are looking to be filled, fed, fattened and content one must go through Jesus. Only a life lived by faith in Jesus will amount to the satisfying and content life you seek.