How is your appetite?

One hundred years ago, in the summer of 1908-1909, Sir Ernest Shackleton and three companions attempted to reach the South Pole from their winter quarters. They set off with four ponies to help carry the load, but weeks later after their ponies had died and their rations had virtually run out, they turned back to their base. Their goal was not accomplished, but they did establish a record for the furthest distance travelled south. They trekked 127 days.

On their return journey, as Shackleton records in The Heart of the Antarctic, the time was spent talking about food, tasty delights, and delicious menus. They staggered along suffering from dysentery, not knowing whether they would survive, and every waking hour was occupied with thoughts of eating. They reached their base on February 28, 1909.

The obsession Shackleton’s group had with food parallels the passion Jesus intends us to have for righteousness. Our thoughts should be taken up with the things of God. In the fourth beatitude Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6).

On one occasion Jesus performed a miracle when He took two loaves of bread and five fish and fed over five thousand people. The book of Matthew states that they “all ate and were satisfied” (Matthew 14:20), and there were twelve baskets filled with what remained. For those of us who come to Him with a spiritual appetite, God will give above and beyond our need.

Individuals who earnestly and actively seek after the things of God will be satisfied according to their appetite. Newborn babies instinctively know that food will satisfy their hunger and they simply cry out for what they know is good. The same should be true for a believer.

If your appetite for the things of God has diminished, call out to Him to help you draw near and to renew your hunger. God desires us to cry out to Him; His wonderful promise says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

I look forward to going deeper into the Word with you this Sunday as we study the fourth Beatitude. Please join with us as we worship at 10:30 a.m.

Bruce Davie, Pastor / Elder

Sermon: Spiritual Hunger and Thirst” Matthew 5:6

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