“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

The Beatitudes of the Spirit are truly lovely. We must emphasize that God will not fail to fill us. No man can “hunger and thirst after righteousness” unless God had put the desire in him. This righteousness is the righteousness of Jesus. In 1 John 5: 4-5, we find these verses: “This is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” Righteousness is more than paying our way. We hear someone say, “Oh, I never do anything wrong to anybody. I always pay my way.” This is simply life in the flesh, but there is a higher “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:2).

I must see that Jesus is my perfect righteousness. He came by the power of God: “For what the law could not do in that it was weak, through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh.” (Romans 8:3). But the divine touches of heaven never leave you stationary but rather increase your thirst so that you may be filled with what God is pressing in. This righteousness is a walk with God and a divine inheritance. It is seeking the face of Jesus until you cannot be satisfied without drinking of His Spirit and being overflowed continually with His blessings. He gives us thirst for the immensity of God’s power. It is a divine problem that is solved in only one way: having Him. In having Him, we have all things.

Adapted from Smith Wigglesworth Devotional