Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled." Matt. 5:6
What a joy to meet with God everyday in His Word and just let Him bath you in His love. Wow! What a refreshing time. In looking back, I realize it is so easy for us to caught up in the daily routines of life, that most of the time God get's our left-over time. Perhaps not intentionally, but never-the-less, it happens more than any of us would like to admit. Rest assured - if you are unhappy and having a struggle, it's probably because you aren't hungering and thirsting enough for God. It was hard for me to face-up to the reality that sometimes my devotional time was more about me than about Him. I realized I need to reverse the order! Thank God I saw it!
As I reflected on the verse above for about an hour yesterday, I had to deal with three things God wanted me to see. They were:
1. Personal purity was the first thing I thought of in respect to my relationship with God. Do I really hunger and thirst for Him in a way that god can change me daily? The proof of that is seen in the evidence of the overflow of his life through me. My hunger and thirsting for God is real, because I just can't go a day without being in His Presence. My time with God is intentional and inspirational. It's what keeps me from falling apart. I want desperately to be just like Jesus in lifestyle! To take a stand for what God's Word says, regardless of the consequences. I refocused my life!
2. Social justice was the second thing that came to mind. What I mean by that is this; anything that breaks the heart of God should break my heart. And, it breaks my heart to see what is happening in the lives of people today, especially those who represent Christ to a world out there that is totally blinded by sin. I realized that I must keep my eyes on the "author and finisher of my faith." I re-adjusted my eye site.
3. Right relationships are the product of living the righteous life. First, we are to be in a right relationship with God. He must be number one in our lives and we must have such an intense desire to live for Him that we can't stay away from Him. We take advantage of every opportunity to be in His Presence. We want to worship Him everyday in spirit and truth. We can't make it without Him. Secondly, we have a right relationship with OTHERS! This is essential to our spiritual health, which in turn affects our physical health. The overflow of His love for us must flow freely out of us to others. I remember life is about Him not me!
Righteousness is about living right in every aspect of our lives. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness"(Matt.6:33)..means that we are craving for and striving to discover the truths of God's eternal Word for our lives. It is something that is beyond us..."not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that that is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God is by faith." (Phil. 3:9). When His grace flows from our lives, it is God's goodness and righteousness through my faith in Him!
Father as I reflect over the past 48 hrs I've had with you. I desire for you to open my mind to the things I may not be seeing about myself that is keeping you from freely flowing out of my life. My relationship with you is one that - "I must decrease and He (Jesus) must increase". May it be so in my life, so I can lead your people in the "paths of righteousness" out of the overflow of your life through me. I realize that the outcomes of our lives are directly relational to our time spent in your Presence, so help me not to compromise my time spent with you. I know you want what is 'best"for me and that you can and will do what is 'best' if I continue in the faith. Change me God! Make me an instrument of your Glory! Amen and Amen! To you be the glory!