Friday, January 27, 2017

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Mathew 5:6

       I saw a version of the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and I thought it was a very descriptive parable of our world today.
      
       Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
       Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
       All the world’s horses and all the world’s men
       Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

       But Humpty’s Creator looked down from above
       And sent His own Son as the gift of His love
       He took all our brokenness as He suffered in pain
       And where He is welcomed, Humpty’s made whole again.

     In our earthly ways all we can do is put patches on the brokenness of this world. Instead of getting to the root of the problem, we try to use band-aides for the endemic, the deadly wounds of our world today. We refuse to face the reason that we are broken, the rejection of God and his ways.

     When we reject the light, we suffer the consequence of living in the dark. When we reject the air, we suffer the consequences of death. When we reject God's righteousness, it is not that hard to see why we are not Blessed or filled.

     The blessedness of abundant satisfaction will never be found by those who are just looking for the experience, and people try to find satisfaction and happiness all the time in many different ways, desperately trying to fill the aching void in their souls.

     Sadly, many people look for happiness or satisfaction in earthly ways and have failed to look for it spiritually. They have failed to see that in our world, whether they are saved or not, that if they continually feed on violence, drugs, money, or any other thing the world has to offer, eventually those things that they feed on are going to become their lives and they will become those things.

     What is Righteousness? I think righteousness refers to the nature of God, to the virtues of God, truth, justice, love, and mercy. There are many things the Bible tells us about God, but truth, justice, love, and mercy are in every story from Jesus. And, all those traits are summed up in one word, Righteousness.

     To me it is very significant that this verse doesn't say,"blessed are the righteous," I think that it implies an understanding that we are being challenged to commit ourselves to a process, a journey, an ongoing reaching out for God's righteousness.

      Jesus blesses those of us who do this, and those blessings come with a promise that we will be filled and satisfied. We will be transformed by His Holy Spirit.

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