By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Our tension with God, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, arises out of our incompleteness. We are created in God’s image, but only as a complement with our spouse, or future spouse, and then only incompletely. We remain separated from God by our unholiness and by our finitude. We yearn to complete our incompleteness; we yearn to be whole. We remain creatures of God’s creation. Yet, gardeners thrown out of the garden.
So we have reminders.
We are reminded by mere physical things: an empty stomach hungers; a dry mouth thirsts; our loneliness.
We are reminded by our limitations. We fail to keep our promises and to realize our potential.
We are reminded also by spiritual deficits. Our sin cuts us off both from our neighbors and from God. We fall short of the mark; we transgress boundaries; we fail to do the things that we should.
So we are thrown out of the garden.
Out of the garden, we feel shame and guilt.
Out of the garden, we cannot realize our destiny.
Out of the garden, completeness and holiness and fellowship with God are out of our reach.
So Jesus offers us a path back back to wholeness.
Back to restoration and healing.
Back to the garden and our destiny.
Back to our completeness and holiness and fellowship with our maker.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6 ESV)