Happiness isn’t Filling
It’s interesting to me that Jesus didn’t say, “Blessed are you when you hunger and thirst for happiness, for you shall be filled.” Instead, He said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). People are hungering and thirsting for happiness, but it’s mysteriously disappearing right in front of them because they are going about it backward. They’re chasing after things the world says brings happiness but actually only lead to more sin and destruction. They end up moving further and further away from God, who gives eternal happiness.
God isn’t going to bless sinful and destructive behavior. Has anybody figured that out yet? We’re never going to find Jesus saying, “Happy are you when you sin your lights out.” Never. What He does say is: “Happy are you when you hunger and thirst for righteousness.” That’s the right order. His message is not, “Happy are you when you seek happiness.” Blessing (happiness) comes as a result of hungering and thirsting first for righteousness.
The woman at the well (John 4:13-18) was trying to fill a void in her life with one broken relationship after the next. She thought, “If I could only have him. Oh no. OK, him. Oh no. Him! No. Him!” Five times down the road, and finally she quit marrying guys and began living with number six! She represents lost humanity. She wanted fulfillment and joy. She wanted something that would satisfy the longing and the aching inside her spirit, but she was going about it the wrong way.
We need to get the order right. We must first hunger and thirst for righteousness, then the blessed, happy, blissful life will come.