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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.

7 responses to “Happiness isn’t Filling”

  1. ImaBLeever says:

    It truly is a very sad reality, to realize I am just now beginning to see this. What is even sadder, I have children in their 40’s who would not even be able to comprehend the simplicity of this message. Do I feel a sense of responsibility for it? You bet I do!

    Once things are quickened to us by the Holy Spirit, we realize the subtle truth that it takes just that, the Holy Spirit to open our intellect to its fullest potential.

    Lord help me to continually empty myself of all self-worth so I can be a true vessel worthy of the filling! May I be the living example of Christ that my children see.

    • Steve Berger says:

      Thanks so much for your comment. It is simple; sometimes just not easy. God bless you!

  2. Mark says:

    So all we do in the scenario is hunger and thirst for it, we don’t have to do anything else to get it? God will fill me with righteousness if I just hunger and thirst for it? Will the righteousness we get replace the sin? Or does hungering for it imply an action?

  3. Stevo,

    Great read and excellent reminder my friend! I’ve never correlated the woman at the well with a picture of all of mankind….GREAT food for thought. I’ll be chewing on this for a few days!

    God bless you entirely.

    • Steve Berger says:

      Thanks for your comment. The Word can do that to all of us…lots to chew on. Enjoy the feast!

  4. joe says:

    ohh, thats true! i agree 100%
    Thanks for this post, it really helped and changed me in some ways!
    God Bless!