Do you thirst for Jesus?
( MSG paraphrase) . “Say a couple have scores of children and live a long, long life but never enjoy themselves—even though they end up with a big funeral! I’d say that a stillborn baby gets the better deal. It gets its start in a mist and ends up in the dark—unnamed. It sees nothing and knows nothing, but is better off by far than anyone living.
6 Even if someone lived a thousand years—make it two thousand!—but didn’t enjoy anything, what’s the point? Doesn’t everyone end up in the same place? "
It is possible for a wealthy man or woman to have many children and they can afford to support them. With money he could hire many servants to look after them, but they would soon realise that a big family is not the answer, without God.
Don’t get me wrong, please. There is nothing wrong in enjoying one’s family. In fact the Bible encourages us to take care and enjoy them. However, even the most wealthy, most loving family with less or lots of children, is powerless to quench the aches, the longing, the thirst, the hunger of the human soul. That is why Jesus gave one of the most profound words:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.” (NKJV)
What did Jesus mean? If you see the context, this is exactly in contrast to the Pharisees notion of righteousness. The Pharisees idea of righteousness is self- imposed, ritual and religious works in order to please God. Jesus speaks of those who seek God’s righteousness rather than attempting to establish a righteousness of your own. If one seeks God’s righteousness, God will fill them and satisfy their hunger and thirst for a right relationship with God.
A great number of children in one’s family or a great number of people, relatives and friends, together with your money, is not enough to fill the vacuum of the your heart if God is not in the picture. You know why? Only the Eternal God can fill the empty space of the human heart. John 7:37-38 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Are you thirsty? Seeking for a better deal in life? Try Him, He did the first move on the cross for you. All by grace and by grace alone! Why not come to Jesus?