Scattered Seeds

Daily Devotion – A Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness

I needed a “just-in-case box.” Just in case I get one of those late night cravings for chocolate when nothing else will suffice. So far, so good. I’ve had three little bars in four days.

Chocolate is great, but it doesn’t fill me up like a good meal does. In fact it leaves me feeling kind of empty. I’m the same way with chips. I always think my evening snack will be far better than it turns out to be. I start feeling gross before I feel full, but what can I expect from food that offers zero to little nutrition? They’re called empty calories for a reason. You don’t buy an empty box expecting to find something inside. And you don’t eat junk expecting nutrition.

As I got to thinking about that today, I was reminded of the Sermon on the Mount,

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6, KJV)

When God created man, He also created a God-sized hole in each of our hearts that longs to be filled. And as He desires to fill it, we console ourselves with a longing for more of this world. We pacify ourselves with fame, and fortune, forgetting the one thing that will satisfy most–the righteousness of Christ.

If we were created for this world we’d be satisfied by it, but we’re not. We were created for Him. Like a pair of new shoes that are one size too small, so is this world. It might feel good for a moment, but that doesn’t last long.

So, what is righteousness? Righteousness in this sense is right living. It means living the way God designed us to live, which comes from both learning and obeying His Word. It’s putting those things into practice and putting Him first.

When we hunger and thirst after righteousness we’re longing to live as Christ lived, the consequence of which is a righteous life abounding in joy, walking in peace, and abiding in love.


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Tilling the Soil

Read the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:1-12.

From Vocabulary.com:

If you’re extraordinarily happy, you might describe what you’re feeling as beatitude. The noun beatitude refers to a state of great joy. Being blessed, or at least feeling blessed, is often linked to beatitude.

Beatitude inherited its blessedness from the Latin word beatus, meaning both “happy” and “blessed.” 

Planting Hope

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6, KJV)


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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.

She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.

It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical FitnessReshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.

Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.

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You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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