“Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness”

Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (ESV). One aspect of this yearning for righteousness is yearning for Jesus Christ’s Kingdom. He will reign on David’s thrown on earth forever over a kingdom of righteousness. New Year’s Eve I was downtown St Paul, MN eating supper. I came out of the restaurant at 5:30 PM to find someone had slammed into my pickup and drove off without leaving their contafile-jan-23-11-40-05-amct information! $5,000 damage!! I kept asking, “Why does stuff like this happen?” Matthew 5:6 is part of the answer to my question. Inequity, falsehood, cheating, taking advantage of someone all remind us that the kingdom has not come. My pickup is just a hunk of metal. It isn’t that important. I get it back from the shop this week. But in a tiny way “stuff” like this happens to create a deeper sense of yearning for Jesus. He is coming back. He is going to reign. His reign will be a righteous reign!

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