The Hunger That Will Always Be Satisfied

David Bast

Read: Philippians 4:8-9

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matt. 5:6)

“You are what you eat.” That statement was originally made by a German philosopher, and it’s even more clever in the original, because it makes a pun: Man ist was er isst.

What’s true for our bodies is also true for our spirits. Our souls take on the characteristics of what we feed them. If you consume only a steady diet of spiritual junk food—reality TV shows, video clip viewing, Facebook posts and Twitter feeds— your soul will shrink and you will become a shallower person.

But if you are hungry for the good, the true, and the beautiful; if you think about the things that are honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy; if you feed on God’s Word and seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, then you will grow and flourish. You will become a better, deeper, healthier, and more truly human man or woman. You are what you eat.

Jesus promises that the desire for God and his righteousness is the one kind of hunger that will always be satisfied. Everyone who longs for holiness of life and for justice among people and nations will be filled to overflowing, finally and forever. In the meantime, we can devote ourselves to feeding on good things, the things that make for health and wholeness, both personally and socially. —David Bast

Prayer: Father, help me feed on good things.