You are walking down the trail and you see the sign, or about the same time, a wonderful smell catches your attention. It’s trail magic! The farther the last resupply is behind you, the tougher the terrain, or more challenging the weather, the better it sounds, whatever it may be. Whatever is in your pack can’t possibly be as good as what lies ahead. The details can wait. Your hunger or thirst drives you expectantly in that direction.
The magic of trail magic is that it is both unexpected, and satisfies a strongly felt need.
Jesus clearly conveyed the sort of soul satisfaction that goes far beyond any bodily need trail magic can supply. He said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6). When a person comes to the realization that what they have pursued is not satisfying, and their soul longs for something greater, the satisfaction of their spiritual hunger can only be met in the righteousness that Christ alone can give.
Even religion will not satisfy true soul hunger. One of the most religious people of his time wrote, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith” (Paul the Apostle, Philippians 3:7-9 [emphasis mine]).
The answer to the hunger of your soul is not to keep rules, not even to strive to keep God’s law to establish your own righteousness. It is to consider all that you can humanly produce as “rubbish”, and to declare spiritual bankruptcy, so that you might have your hunger and thirst for righteousness satisfied by faith in Christ, and to receive the free gift of His complete righteousness in exchange for your sin.
This satisfaction far exceeds the finest trail magic ever served up by anyone.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)