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Daily Reading: 21st August 2016

 

Matthew 5.6 cont.

O the cheerfulness those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fully satisfied.

The lack of hunger for the things of God was evident in the days of Jesus as we read in the Scriptures:

And He was unable to do any mighty things there except, He healed a few sick by laying His hands on them – Mark 6.5

This was because of a lack of faith, which is often accompanied by the lack of hunger for the things of Jesus.

Church going for some has become a habit.

It may be a socially advantageous thing to do.

There are those who attend church in order to promote the possibility of their children getting into a church school, but there is no hunger for the things of Jesus; no appetite for Jesus to have any influence in their life.

Such ones position themselves in a tomb of dissatisfaction.

There are many who have a desire for spiritual things, but quite often that is for the spiritual things that are not of God.

Recently someone told me that they believed in fate.

My understanding of fate is one of an impersonal force that is the cause of everything.

The idea of fate goes back to Greek, Roman and Norse times and is the belief that the course of all events is predetermined, and that the destiny of all things has already been predestined by an impersonal force.

However, one of the commands of God is:

[4] “Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish.

[5] You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! – Exodus 20.4-5 (NLT).

Many people read horoscopes.

Others seek the aid of supposed fortune tellers.

Others dabble in the occult.

Then there are those who are involved in such things as yoga, transcendental meditation, new age things and the like.

There are those who are involved in supposed spiritualist churches, seeking to contact the dead.

This is something strictly forbidden in the word of God.

So there is a hunger for things that are beyond human understanding, but all too often the hunger for righteousness is missing, or misplaced, or misdirected.

“Do not rely on mediums and psychics, for you will be defiled by them. I, the LORD, am your God” – Leviticus 19.31 (NLT).

 

 

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