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Daily Reading: 22nd August 2016

 

Matthew 5.6 cont.

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

Our hunger.

How hungry are we for the ways of Jesus?

It is right for us to consider our own spiritual hunger. Are the ways of this world more attractive to us than the ways of Jesus?

In 2 Chronicles 15.15 we read:

All were happy about this covenant, for they had entered into it with all their hearts. Eagerly they sought after God, and they found him. And the LORD gave them rest from their enemies on every side – (NLT).

The first part of this chapter talks about the long time Israel was without the true God and did not have a priest to teach them, and they were without the law.

This was during the reforms of Asa, one of the kings – about 941 BC; he brought the people back to God, and they hungered after Him.

Are there those times when we deliberately choose not to let Jesus into our life? Are there certain circumstances whereby we refuse the teaching of the Holy Spirit? Often it can be difficult for us to give time to Jesus, because there are so many other things to do.

There is the old hymn:

O Soul are you weary and troubled.

It has the chorus well known to most of us:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace

How keen are we for the things of earth to grow strangely dim?

There is another hymn that speaks of hungering after Jesus:

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

  • I surrender all,
    I surrender all.
    All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
    I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Make me, Saviour, wholly Thine;
Let me feel Thy Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory to His name!

 

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