There are some things that God will put on this table that are just for you.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Matthew 5:1-11 | Focus: VS 6
Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled.
Have you ever been in a space where you've been in a space where you needed God to pour into you? God says there is a blessing for those who desire to delight themselves in the Lord (cross-reference, Psalm 37:4-6). Many people want a blessing from the Lord, but do they truly desire and hunger for righteousness?
God is saying that you've come to a place in your life where you cannot avoid righteousness. Should we stop thirsting for righteousness? God has set a table for you in the presence of your enemies, and righteousness is on the menu. Here you are in the presence of your enemies, and you have to eat righteousness! You know how it is when you avoid the vegetables - God says, "No, you have to have some vegetables!" You simply cannot function without having righteousness on your plate.
In order to be filled, you have to be hungry - and you have to be filled with righteousness. Look for righteousness.
Where do you go to get a drink of righteousness?
When trouble comes, you have to go to the Word of God. You've got to reach for what is better for you - even when it don't feel good.
Let's consider for a moment VS 12 -
"All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
This means they were walking with God for some time, but now they are walking in a different way.
Stumbling blocks and our imperfections can sometimes cause us to be resistant and slow to consistently walk with the Lord. When the Lord shows up, He may find you in an unrighteous place; but if you have a hunger - a desire - for Him, He will give you the desires of your heart. Just because you're not perfect doesn't mean you cannot be better. Just as we desire to have a better paying job, money in the bank, etc... we should also desire to be better and to walk better with Christ.
QUESTIONS AND REFLECTIONS
Question: What is the way to become righteous as the Lord calls us to?
Answer: Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled.
Question: What did God's law do for us?
Answer: We become conscious and aware of our sin (Romans 3:20). The application of God's law inspires us to change our "OLD MAN" behavior, writing and living in the way of the "NEW MAN" which was created by God (cross-reference, Colossians 3)
When you wake up in the morning, ask the Lord for a thirst - a desire - for righteousness.