“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Have you ever considered these words of Jesus? What does it mean when He says that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be satisfied? Have you ever been in a place in life when nothing the world has to offer could bring peace nor contentment? Have you ever come to the end of yourself, a place of total desperation? There is a young woman shown to us in scripture who found herself in such a place. Her name was Hannah, a young wife of a man named Elkanah, an Ephraimite. As was the permitted custom of the time, Elkanah also had another wife, whose name was Peninnah. Peninnah had been able to give her husband several children, but Hannah had not. Jealousy playing a part, Peninnah continually harassed and belittled Hannah for her inability to not give her husband a son. Interestingly, scripture tells us that God had closed her womb, and indeed He did. Why? Because God had a much greater plan for Hannah. He would not grant her request to bear a child until she reached the end of herself, until she began to hunger and thirst for righteousness. Listen to the words of Hannah, “O Lord of hosts, if Thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of Thy maidservant, and remember me, and not forget Thy maidservant, but wilt give Thy maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” That was the petition our Lord was waiting to hear. God opened her womb and she bore a son to her husband, a son named Samuel. Samuel became one of God’s greatest prophets, His voice for the entire nation of Israel.
If you or someone you know is going through some tough times, it may be that they still haven’t come to the end of self. As long as self is preeminent, God will stand aside and wait. Not because He wants to punish, but because He wants to bless.
Don & Penny Griffin