January 14 Spiritual Hunger and Thirst

Scripture reading: John 7:37–39

Key verse: Psalm 11:7

For the Lord is righteous,

He loves righteousness;

His countenance beholds the upright.

The more you learn about the Lord, the more you want to know Him. That’s what happens when you get just a taste of His goodness—you can’t get enough of His fellowship. In her book Lord, Only You Can Change Me, Kay Arthur observes:

God’s righteousness begins with a dissatisfaction, a yearning. When sin’s presence is finally realized, an inner longing is kindled and begins to burn with a slow, steady flame. A longing to be righteous! With every glimpse of God’s shining holiness and purity comes an accompanying awareness of self.

Finally the realization comes: “God, You alone are righteous.” A hunger and thirst for righteousness—His righteousness—awakens and grows. But how is that hunger and thirst to be satisfied?

We know we cannot quench it in ourselves, so we run to the fountain of living waters and receive the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He alone can lead us into a life of righteousness, by leading us into the truth …

Jesus is the fountainhead of God’s righteousness. Oh Beloved, do you see it? You can be as righteous as you want to be! How?

By totally depending upon God. By yearning for Him more and more. Ours is to be an ever-increasing hunger and thirst.

Satisfy my spiritual hunger and thirst for You, O God. Lead me into a life of righteousness through the continuing revelation of Your truth.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 15). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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