Hunger • Devotion #1: 2020

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

At the time of this writing, there are 84 days, 08 hours, 39 minutes, and 21 seconds left of 2020, but who is counting?

2020! What an interesting, challenging, crazy, confusing, fearful, and unique time in human history! Did you survive so far? I guess if you are reading this you did, maybe by the skin of your teeth. What did you learn? What did you change or re-evaluate? Life is uncertain at best but throw in a global pandemic and all bets are off. We had no dress rehearsal for 2020, so we all pretty much figured it out in our way and timing. I, for one, do not want a do-over and I am anxiously waiting for what 2021 has to offer, or do I? Can it get worse? We shall see.

2020 was a rollercoaster ride that would put the Millennium Force at Cedar Point to shame. However, there were also some bright spots, in my opinion. Families were forced to stay home and spend time together. People gathered around their televisions or computer screens to attend church gatherings (which hopefully for someone other than myself, made us realize how much we need each other in our worship experience). Things we so easily took for granted became a cherished treasure. Our faith was tested by extreme fear, and I saw faith win many times. As I am writing this, I realize we are not out of the woods, but our God is Sovereign and in control, we have nothing to fear!

2020 was also the year we saw extreme evil rear its ugly head in biblical proportions. I was astonished and saddened time after time that humanity could turn so ugly and hateful at the drop of a hat. There was murder, riots, and a destroying of our nation’s beloved history. It seemed like right is wrong and wrong is right. Freedom of speech is no longer upheld. Religious freedoms are at stake and many of our inalienable rights are being stripped away one by one. I have always been a seeker for righteousness, but Matthew 5:6 has taken on a whole new meaning for me. I no longer feel at home or satisfied in this world. I do not trust people and I question everything! I truly hunger and thirst for one thing, righteousness! The world needs His light to shine brighter in us because His light overcomes darkness. Is that not the exact point Jesus is making in this narrative? We were created for Him and Him alone. We need to daily deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. He alone leads to eternal life, joy, peace, and love. I pray you will seek righteousness with your whole heart and flee from all forms of evil, for in doing so, you shall be satisfied. Because of that, we just may owe 2020 a thank you.

“Do not be overcome with evil,

but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12:21

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