In his 1969 devotional, Think on These Things, Norval Pease provides a compelling thought about righteousness. It is a reflect on the beatitude in which Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled” (Matt. 5:6):
Certain attitudes and practices ruin the appetite for goodness… Just as children aren’t hungry at mealtime when they have eaten too much candy between meals, so preoccupation with the follies and pleasures of the world may ruin our appetite for the things God has for us. Sensational fiction may cause us to reject the Bible. The theater may dampen our desire for the church. Excessive concern with sports may make serious Christian service unappetizing. Only when we keep our appetites healthy will we desire the things we need most.
For what are we hungering and thirsting?”
These words, penned so many years ago, seem as if they could have been recorded today. What is the object of our hunger and thirst? How do we fill our insatiable appetite, and how do we try to fill up on things of this world?
Although I am one for a good movie, a moving piece of fiction, and a Braves baseball game, at what point does our preoccupation with entertainment become an idol and act of “corporate worship”?
Jesus promised that his presence is sufficient, and that his Spirit will fill us. We need not look elsewhere–Jesus is all we need. Drink deeply, and meditate on his character, his person, and his presence. Thirst for the things of God: justice, peace, love, faith. Desire God’s will, and “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these shall be added unto you.”