Summary: Staying spiritually healthy encourages appetite.
mak-ar'-ee-os supremely blest; by extension fortunate, well off: - blessed, happy
Matt 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” That verse describes a blessing that I want to live in for the rest of my life. I don’t want to ever lose my hunger for more of God. I want to somehow maintain a healthy desire to know God better and to be changed into His image. I suspect that same desire is in you or you wouldn’t be here today.
Righteousness = integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
Is it even possible to maintain a longing for God in our lives? Is that something that just comes and goes and there’s not much we can do about it? Or is there a way to nourish that desire. The Greek tense in our text would indicate that it is something that becomes a part of who we are.
there are definitely times when that hunger and desire is more intense than others. The question is: How do we nurture our spiritual hunger for God?
I. Taste and see that the Lord is good. When we were growing up we developed a taste for certain foods.
II. we acquire our taste for certain foods. Before that happens we have to try it out. Amen? That’s why David passionately says in Ps 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good....” There was a day when I took a taste of God’s goodness and have desired it ever since. There was a time when someone explained to me the grace of God and I experienced it. That caused me to want more. I want more of God’s grace flowing through my life today than yesterday.
II. Acknowledge your need for spiritual nourishment. Is it important to nourish your spirit as well as your body? I know people who religiously care for their physical bodies. They are careful that the food they eat doesn’t have too many calories. They make sure it has the right protein and vitamins to nourish them properly. They stick to a routine that gives them plenty of exercise. In the natural, some of us could learn from their example. It is a good thing to take care of ourselves physically. Paul says it is profitable for a little while; it serves us well in this short temporal life. He told Timothy (4:8) “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” In comparison, Paul says taking care of our spiritual well being is infinitely more important.
Jesus made a similar statement when He quoted Deut. 8:3 and said “...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4). He understood the necessity of feeding upon what God says. When He taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread....” He had more in mind that just physical food. I believe that prayer includes petition for our physical needs; but it’s not limited to that. We need to look to the Father daily and ask Him to feed us spiritually as well. The point is this: we cannot simply ignore our spiritual needs and think everything is going to be fine. In fact, we must see spiritual nourishment as a higher priority than physical.