"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they will be filled" Matthew 5:6
Every day when i come home from school i have a strict schedule that i must follow. I arrive home at 2:33. At 2:34 i go to the kitchen sink to wash my hands from all those gross school germs. 2:35, i get in the shower for exactly ten minutes. 2:45, get out, blow dry my hair, brush my teeth and all that good stuff. Finally at 2:53 on the dot my hunger sets in. ( OK, this may be just a little over dramatic but stay with me!) At this time of the day i crave food. but not just any food: Swiss cheese with vinegar and oil. weird, i know. but its fantastic, try it! This always holds my hunger off until dinner time, when once again the spirit of hunger strikes again. Every day it goes like this. I get hungry, i eat. I get hungry, i eat. I get hungry, i eat. Same old same old. My food only holds me off for a couple hours, i always have to go back for more in order to live.
When keeping this in mind Matthew 5:6 is seen in a different light. God wants us to hunger, and thirst for Him and His righteousness. Obviously. But one thing that is not taken into account is the fact that God wants us to always hunger and thirst. To hunger daily, to thirst daily. Just like in my schedule, eating once does not satisfy forever. I have to keep going back for more.
As Christians we tend to live our life from high to high. Relying on one amazing christian experience to carry us just far enough to the next. Camps, conferences, and concerts are always flooded with Christians to get their next "high." And don't get me wrong, these are by no means bad things! But when we use them as "bread alone" we will not live. Matthew 4:4 says that " Man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." Our spiritual life is only found when we return to Christ daily. Just as a baby is cannot survive without his mothers umbilical chord, we can not survive spiritually without constantly abiding in Christ.
In Exodus 16 God limits the "congregation of the people of Israel" to one days serving of manna. The reason? So that He would know if they would walk in His law. He wanted the people to make a conscious decision every day to walk in His law. Now a days this equates to us walking in Him. His desire is to have fellowship with us. It is why we were created. When we lose our hunger for Him he gets heart broke, the same way we do when friends no longer spend time with us. It should be our prayer for hunger, and although this may hurt it is well worth it.