VIDEO Soul Food – Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

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

When you’re in Las Vegas and feel like a burger, drop into the Burger Brasserie. You can get a Kobe beef and Maine lobster burger with pancetta, goat cheese, and arugula, drizzled with the 100-year balsamic. But be warned. The price of the burger is $777. Or you can stroll down to Fleur by Hubert Keller at the Mandalay Bay and have a burger made from Wagyu beef, fois gras, and truffles. The cost? A mere $5,000.

But think of this: Whenever you sit down at the kitchen table and open your Bible, you’re feasting on something that is “more… desired… than gold… sweeter… than honey” (Psalm 19:10). The prophet Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16).

When people lose their appetites, we worry about them. As Christians, we should have a hearty appetite for God’s Word and for the kind of righteous living it produces. Hungering for spiritual food leads to growth, growth leads to godliness—and that’s not expensive. It’s priceless.

When our body needs energy, we eat food. But when our soul needs hope, what do we feed it? Promises…. Our souls are designed to be nourished by God’s “precious and very great promises” (2 Peter 1:4).  Jon Bloom


John Piper Sermon: Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

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