“The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.” —Proverbs 10:3
O, how blessed is the man to whom the LORD imputes righteousness apart from works. Although the saints in Christ may suffer physical hunger, God does not dispense a famine of His Word, neither a dearth of Christ’s presence, for “Thou art with me.” The disciplines of His Word and from His Word, and the guidance of His staff of grace comforts our souls. Though we are weak of body, destitute of material wealth, and forsaken by all others, we are filled with His desire for us: to be conformed to the image of His blessed Son. The crumb that falls from Christ’s table hath more health to the heart, more substance to the soul, and more nourishment for the new man than a multitude of feasts eaten at the banquets of iniquity, through the merriment of malefactors, and in the company and the celebrations of Satan.
The wicked know nothing of this joy. Their god is their belly and their appetites drag them down to the pit. Though they prosper in a world of decay and satisfy their lusts and cravings upon the delicacies of depravity, they only dine upon the corn husks trampled in the filth from the bowls of swine. Except God show mercy and extend grace, they will know nothing of hungering and thirsting for the Person of Christ Jesus. For Christ alone is righteous.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” —Matthew 5:6