Blessed are they which do hunger – for righteousness!
Blessings are waiting for those who are hungry for what is right, good, honest, honourable, upright, godly — those who are hungering for more of God!
Are you hungry for righteousness? Have you noticed your ‘hunger gauge’ ?
What I mean is… are you hungering with desire for Yahuwah [the Hebrew name for the LORD] and for His righteousness?
Hungering for Yahuwah and His ways is similar to natural, physical hunger. When we hunger for Yahuwah, there is an invisible aching in our soul. We have a deep yearning for the presence of our heavenly Father, and for feeding on His written Word, and for walking according to His Ways.
Father loves those who hunger and thirst for Him and His Ways. Therefore He blesses them!
Fill Up Our “Hunger Tank”
When I fill up the gasoline tank in my car, the fuel gauge shows a ‘Full’ tank. What a great feeling to have a full tank of gas!
But I also yearn to have a full ‘Hunger Tank’ — full of hungering (and thirsting) for Yahuwah and His kingdom!
Sounds silly to relate our hunger for Yahuwah to a gasoline tank. But it is such a common thing to regularly fill up our gasoline tank. Let us ask ourselves:
Is it a frequent thing for us to fill up our Hunger Tank??
Do we focus on, and make sure, we are hungering for God and His righteousness?
Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] tells us:
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
As this Scripture tells us, there is a blessing for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness!
Hungering for Yahuwah and for His righteousness is a good thing! When our soul hungers for Yahuwah, then we press harder, search deeper for Him and for His ways to be established in our life, and to be full of His Holy Spirit.
As Misty Edwards sings in her song: “Hunger is the escort to the deeper things of You“.
Maintaining Our Hunger For Yahuwah
I want my spiritual Hunger Tank to stay right up to the ‘Full’ mark — full of hungering for Father!
How can we maintain our hunger for Yahuwah?
One sure way to fill up our Hunger Tank is to remember this important principle —
“first the natural, then the spiritual” (1Corinthians 15:46)
This is what the prophet Daniel did:
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting…. (Daniel 9:3)
Daniel had a hunger for more of Yahuwah. He wanted more!! — more understanding of Yahuwah and His ways! Daniel determined to seek Father by 1) prayer 2) supplications and 3) fasting.
Daniel did what he could do in the natural realm — praying, earnestly entreating, and fasting.
It was then that Father blessed him with spiritual understanding, as well as favour with the king.
I believe that fasting is a like a rocket booster for our prayers and supplications.
Fasting is a very good way, by the grace of God, for us to fill up our Hunger Tank.
If we hunger and thirst for more of God, then we will be sure to set aside times for fasting.
Fasting IS Hungering
In the natural realm, fasting is hungering!
When we experience a natural hunger from fasting, then the principle of first the natural, then the spiritual will come into operation and produce a spiritual hunger as well.
Fasting helps us to turn away from our natural focus on food, and turn our attention to Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. Fasting helps us to feed on God’s written Word, which is food for our soul and spirit.
Fasting helps us to be patient and quiet, and to be honest with ourselves.
Honesty within ourselves is an important step to growing in maturity and in closeness with Yahuwah. Fasting helps us to talk more openly and truthfully to our heavenly Father.
The Holy Spirit’s gentle nudges are more easily received when we, as Daniel, set our face [determine with earnest desire] to fast and pray unto Yahuwah. And when we are fasting, we recognize more quickly our great need for Father’s strength and grace.
Yahushua [Jesus] said: “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
This is the blessedness of hungering for Yahuwah and His righteousness. When we feed on His written Words, especially during times of fasting, we receive more of His Life, His Holy Spirit, and we strengthen our inner-most-being — our spirit!
The Value of Fasting
… I humbled my soul with fasting. (Psalms 35:13b)
As this verse reminds us, fasting produces in us a greater humility.
For me, my patience increases whenever I fast, as well as my contentment. Though it can be a battle at times to resist my physical hunger and weakness, and to stay focused on seeking Yahuwah and His Word, yet the effort is well worth it!! (See Hebrews 11:6)
Whenever I endure and humble myself with fasting, I gain a stronger desire to please Father. Additonally, the action of humbling myself is pleasing to Yahuwah, for it is the humble who receive His grace and attention (See Psalms 138:6; Proverbs 3:34; James 4:6).
Great men and women of God fasted: Moses, Hannah, King David, King Jehoshaphat, Queen Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Daniel, the Apostle Paul — all these had times of fasting.
Have you discovered the immense value of fasting?
J. Hudson Taylor [1832-1905], the missionary to China, knew that value of fasting:
Notice what Charles Finney [1792 – 1875], the great American evangelist, said about fasting:
Fasting is an intimate, individual activity, so give some forethought to fasting and be sensitive to Father’s guidance regarding your fasting. And as I said, fasting can be a battle at times. Fasting requires endurance and perseverance!
Father knows our frame, that we live in the frail, earthen vessel – our body. He knows that the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). So pray, and ask for Father’s help, for His enablement [His Grace]. It is in our weakness that we understand once again, our great need for Him in every area of our life! Without Him, we can do nothing.
Remember also, that fasting, for the purpose of growing closer to God, and for growing in the grace and knowledge of Yahuwah, is a thought the Enemy would never give you!
First, Be Hungry
Do you long for more of Yahuwah? Do you hunger to know Him and please Him? How full is your Hunger Tank?
Fasting helps us to hunger and thirst for Yahuwah!
A blessing is waiting for us when we hunger and thirst after God and His righteousness (Matthew 5:6).
- See the companion post: Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger – Part Two
- First the Natural, Then the Spiritual – Part 2
- The Peculiar Treasure of Yahuwah
- How Can I Satisfy My Thirsty Soul?
- True Grace – a very brief, but accurate overview of New Covenant Grace as used in the context of the majority of Scripture passages
- The Holy Spirit: Our Amazing Comforter
- Ten Expressions of One Devoted to God – insights into a heart that is earnestly seeking Yahuwah
- Seeking God With All Our Heart
- Prayer and Fasting – When you fast – a 1 hour teaching video by Derek Prince
Listen to Misty Edwards’ song, ‘Soul Cry’: “Hunger is the escort to the deeper things of You“