Most reading this have never really been hungry or thirsty in the same sense as those who are without or have inadequate food for lengthy periods of time; however, we do know the sensation we refer to as being hungry or thirsty. We might even say, “I am starving!” If you have been physically active in this southern heat, you likely know what it is to be thirsty. When hungry or thirsty, nothing will do but food and drink. A good song, a kind word, a massage or a ball game will just not satisfy when you are thirsty or hungry. It is with that kind of urgency and focus that we are to go after righteousness. That righteousness is manifested in the person of Jesus.
Romans 3:10 “There is no one righteous, not even one;
Is 64:6a All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
Since none of us are good enough in and of ourselves - none of us are perfectly righteous; we are woefully inadequate and are in need of a Savior in order to experience forgiveness, self-acceptance and eternity in Heaven.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (in abundance)
Rom 5:17 For if, by the trespass of the one man (Adam), death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
God sent His Son in order that we might have eternal life (John 3:16) and He wants us to have an abundant life spiritually even while here on earth as we anticipate heaven.
Albert Ellis and other behavioral health theorists and practitioners knew/know that we people are generally happier when vitally absorbed in something outside of ourselves – a creative interest and/or significant interpersonal involvement. The Bible encourages us to be other-focused, but our tendency is to focus everything toward us (self-centered) vs. focused on the object of righteousness, Jesus. Behavioral health practitioners encourage clients to be other focused as that tends to positively affect their outlook. Behaving in a pro-social manner is certainly beneficial in itself, but it lacks the ultimate power as no matter how much one might try, none of us even live up to our own standards all the time.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
Jesus is the only way to have that spiritual hunger and thirst satisfied. We may try to satisfy it in other ways and may even fool ourselves into thinking we are satisfied, but at some point, we will be disappointed.
Hunger and thirst after righteousness. This is a path to happiness. We may not be happy about everything, but we can have a steadfast contentment and faith knowing that God is in control and loves us. With this comes acceptance and peace.