"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled." (Matthew 5:6, NIV)
When does food taste better to you? When you have already eaten your fill or when it has been hours since your last meal and you feel famished? The obvious answer is that food tastes better and we are more thankful for it when we are truly hungry. The same is true of thirst. Cold water quenches our thirst best on a hot day when we are parched and our mouths are dry.
So it is with our relationship with God. When life is hard and we are in the midst of the fiery trials that cause us discomfort we are somehow thirsty and hungry for more of him. We more earnestly desire and long for the comfort of his presence when we are walking through the valley than when we are sitting on the breezy mountaintop high above it.
The challenge, for us, is to acknowledge God's presence and remember him in our seasons of plenty rather than simply cry out to him in our seasons of want (Ecclesiastes 7:14). Hunger and thirst need to be the constant state of our hearts, no matter what season of life we are in.
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