An Appetite for Righteousness

An Appetite for Righteousness by Karen Jurgens

First published on Heart”wings” Blog.

Have you ever thought of sin as having an appetite? Even in Genesis, God appeals to Cain: “If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it” ~ Genesis 4:7.

What’s your weakness? Mine involves food and always has. Once I get the taste for sweets, I find that I can’t stop my cravings for them. On the other hand, when I fast sweets, I find that a mere taste of sugar repulses my taste buds. Now I cultivate my appetite for healthy foods so I don’t fall back into those bad habits. Just as sin places an appetite in us to do wrong, so God gives us an appetite for righteousness. Look at these scriptures:

“O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” ~ Psalms 34:8.

“How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” ~ Psalms 119:103.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” ~ Matthew 5:6.

“The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked” ~ Proverbs 10:3.

“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied” ~ Luke 6:21.

Appetite for Righteousness

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst” ~ John 6:35.

“Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance” ~Isaiah 55:2.

“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” ~ 1 Peter 2:2.

“But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you” ~ Psalms 81:16.

Where do we begin? Proverbs 9:10 sets our feet on the first step of our journey:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Did you know that wisdom seeks us out?

“Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; She has also set her table; She has sent out her maidens, she calls from the tops of the heights of the city; ‘Whoever is naïve, let him turn in here!’ To him who lacks understanding she says, ‘Come, eat of my food And drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake your folly and live, And proceed in the way of understanding’” ~ Proverbs 9:1-6

An Appetite for Righteousness by Karen Jurgens

Today you’re invited to the Lord’s table. Fill yourself up with His word. Drink of His water that never runs dry.

“And the Lord will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail” ~ Isaiah 58:11.

Dear Lord, You tell us in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” May You give each of us today an appetite that drives us to satisfy our hunger and thirst for Your righteousness. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

~ All scripture is from the New American Standard Version.