I have recently been making more of an effort to make reading God’s word a part of my life. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that a daily “dose” of the truth really does one good. But anyway, I had a scripture really jump out at me as I read through Matthew the other day. It’s not any obscure scripture; actually it’s a part of the very famous Sermon on the Mount, specifically the Beatitudes. The New International Version reads this way, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” That’s Matthew chapter five, verse six. It may not strike you at first but think about that for a moment. Have you ever been hungry or thirsty for righteousness? Do you ever crave the truth? If you have, what did you find? Did you find the truth? Did you find righteousness? If you haven’t been thirsty or hungry for righteousness and truth, why not? Are you content where you are? Are you content to stand still or even to move backwards? I certainly hope you’re not.
One famous proverb states, “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Why? Why is it so important? Well check these verses out, Proverbs 5:22 and 23, “The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of sin hold him fast. He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.” I don’t think that it’s merely ignorance that holds you a prisoner. I sincerely believe the lack of desire for truth, righteousness and understanding is what really keeps you “ensnared.” And what is the price? Death. Of course we all die physically, but what about spiritual death? What about eternal death? That’s a different story, isn’t it? Of course, there are obvious repercussions for having no desire for truth or righteousness. You become stale, dull, lukewarm. You also drift away from God. The sad thing is the state you’re in when you never turn around and realize the distance you’ve put between you. But listen to this: “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.” (Proverbs 19:8)
Logically, it doesn’t make sense to want to stay “stupid” or “wicked.” Why would you pass up the opportunity to learn more, to grow more, to be closer to God? Oh that’s right, human nature and a thing called laziness! I almost forgot. But the thing is, once you get a taste for it, you won’t want to go back. Sure, you might slack up a little in your zeal from time to time but if you really have a thirst for righteousness, you’ll come back to it.
On an encouraging note, if you seek knowledge, you’ll find it. People who are really searching for the truth, find it. It’s that simple. Christ says if we ask Him for anything, He’ll give it to us. Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will you give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” So why aren’t we asking? Why aren’t we seeking? Why aren’t we beating that door down? These are good question to ask yourself.
Once you understand your need for zeal in your life and you begin to thirst for righteousness, what can you do to pursue it? Read and pray! Sound simple? It is! It just takes effort on your part. There is so much in the Bible that you never run out of new stuff to learn. Plus, it’s a direct way for God to speak to you. Prayer keeps things real. If you’re always talking to God you always have to examine your feelings and thoughts and express them. You can’t be close to God and you can’t grow if you put your Bible on a shelf and never communicate with God. It just doesn’t work. You’ll just stay where you are and your zeal, the passion that you once had, will die. And that’s scary.
So are you thirsty yet? Do you want to go
stale or do you want to grow and thrive? It’s completely up to you. Ask
and you will you receive, seek and you will find. You want the truth? Try
going to the source: the Bible.