Blessed are They Which do Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness – Reflection on Matthew 5:6

Reflection on Matthew 5:6, Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness

Today’s Gospel

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. - Matthew 5:6


The teaching of the Lord Jesus reminded me of the prophecy mentioned in Revelation that “I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely.” All those who seek the truth, and hunger and thirst for righteousness will receive provision of living water of life and be sated in their spirit when they come before God. It’s necessary for man to have an active seeking heart. Just as God’s words say, “God directs His words to all of humanity. If you are willing to read them, He will enlighten you, but if you are not, He will not. God enlightens those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, and He enlightens those who seek Him. ... God having spoken so much, you should do your utmost to eat and drink His words, and then, without you realizing it, you will come to understand, and without you realizing it, the Holy Spirit will enlighten you. When the Holy Spirit enlightens man, it is often without man’s awareness. He enlightens and guides you when you thirst and seek. The principle by which the Holy Spirit works is centered around the words of God that you eat and drink.” “If someone always feels like he can’t eat or drink enough of God’s word, if he always seeks it and hungers and thirsts for it, the Holy Spirit will always do work upon him. The more someone yearns, the more practical things can come out of his fellowship. The more intensely someone seeks the truth, the more quickly his life grows, giving him rich experience and making him a wealthy man in the house of God.” From God’s words we can see, God treasures and enlightens those who long for and seek the truth. Meanwhile, this is what we must practice to seek the appearance of God. For example, during the time when the Lord Jesus did His work, the scribes and Pharisees who abided by the Bible and were unwilling to seek the work and words of the Lord Jesus missed the chance to accept the provision of the Lord Jesus’ words and gain His salvation. In the end, they were cursed and punished by God because they resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus’ work and words. While those who thirsted for the work and words of the Lord Jesus received provision of the living water of life, obtained the guidance of the work of the Holy Spirit, and gained God’s blessings. This is a huge practical example.

Now is already the end of the world and the most crucial moment of welcoming the Lord Jesus’ return. In the Bible God prophesied many times that the Lord Jesus would speak words in the last days upon His return. And whether we can gain these words or not depends on whether we have a God-fearing heart and humbly seek, for the Lord Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” As long as we have a heart that hungers and thirsts for righteousness and hear God’s voice, God will surely lead us to find His work and words.

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