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Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. -Matthew 5:5
I’ve heard meek described as power under control. An obsolete and archaic definition for this word is “gentle or kind.” A more modern one is “humbly patient.” Some synonyms are “deferential, subdued.” All of these suggest not a lack of power, talent, or ability, but merely a refusal to brag about what exists, or to use them unnecessarily for show. Meekness demonstrates deference to the wisdom of others. An acknowledgement that no matter how __________ (knowledgeable, talented, wise, etc.) I may be, there will always be someone who knows more about this than I do, or who looks at things from a perspective I hadn’t considered. “Even the very wise cannot see all ends” (Gandalf). Meekness also suggests such a confidence in one’s identity (or in the Giver of that identity or ability) that there is no need to brag. True talent speaks for itself. True power or strength doesn’t need to be on display at all times, only when it’s needed. We don’t use all our abilities all the time; some wait in reserve until the right time. When handling a baby, we don’t tense and show off every muscle in our arms; we hold the fragile infant with careful gentleness. When playing baseball with a child, we don’t (or shouldn’t) put down the child for its ignorance or show off how much better and farther we can hit the ball than the child can; we teach them technique—how to hit and hold correctly. A meek person doesn’t shame others for being unequal in the same amount of talent, power, or skill. Meekness humbly teaches another, desiring them to succeed as well. A meek person is also still teachable themselves, still available to hear from and obey God, and whoever else (or whatever circumstance) He chooses to bring us His wisdom and perspective.
“He is the LORD,” replied Eli. “Let Him do what is good in His eyes.” -1 Samuel 3:18
Meekness is the CEO of a company who works undercover at an entry-level job there, or listens to those in much lower positions than they are to better understand what’s truly happening within and how to improve things. Meekness is listening more than talking, using ears twice as much as mouth. Meekness is not putting others down to appear or feel stronger, better, wiser, more knowledgeable or more capable than another. Meekness is not insecure and has no need for unnecessary displays of showmanship. Meekness is the child who was taught how to fight correctly by their championship boxer father, but refuses to fight until it’s absolutely necessary, in defense of himself or another—he doesn’t go looking for a fight like a pride-riddled, insecure bully.
Meekness is confident assurance of who I am, so I don’t have to, don’t even desire to prove myself to you. It’s having the power and wisdom to know when to walk away. Meekness knows when its talent or ability is needed, that it will be used sufficiently, and then tucked away again until the next time. It isn’t weary with always being “on” or on display. Meekness knows its place, and where its power truly comes from:
Do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. -Romans 11:18
"Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord." -1 Cor. 1:31
Jesus is the ultimate example of meekness, power under control. More than once, he was told by those who mocked him to save Himself. Satan tempted Jesus to throw Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple for the angels to come protect and support Him. (Luke 4:9-11). The soldiers at the cross did the same, telling Him to save Himself if He was the Chosen One. (Luke 23:35-37, Matt. 27:38-44). And He could have done any of those things, at any time. He is all-powerful and can do anything He wishes. Yet He chose not to. He chose to slowly suffer and die, knowing HIs death would bring our salvation. Meekness means sometimes choosing the best thing, the right thing, the thing God tells us to do (not others), even if it’s unpleasant or unpreferable at the time, even if it means a bit of personal suffering now for a good end later, like someone doing a workout today for stronger muscles later.
So what is the benefit, the blessing of being meek, humble, holding our power under control until God tells us to use it, where and how? The meek, humble, will inherit the land.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. -James 4:10
The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. -1 Sam. 2:7
But the meek will inherit the land and delight in abundant prosperity. -Ps. 37:11
The ones who inherit the land, whatever that Promised land is for you, for me, are those who are humble and obedient to God with their God-given talents, strengths, and abilities. He will exalt. And He will bless. The Promised Land blessing looks different for different people. But it’s always the fulfillment of the desires He (not we) placed in our hearts. It’s the thing we dreamed of as children, and many gave up on as adults. The thing we sometimes dare not speak or hope for, so fragile a dream is it, so long have we waited. And not that this should be the reason that we obey God, but if we will obey, humbly, trusting Him to bring it to fruition, how and when He sees fit, He will bless us with the land, the Promised Land, the thing He promised us. Not just a ticket to heaven, but the fulfillment of a promise on earth, like Hannah desired a child and God blessed her with Samuel. Like Isaac desired a wife and was given Rebekah, the woman of his dreams. Like Moses wanted to save the people from slavery in Egypt. Like Esther wanted to free their people too and God used her humility and beauty—gifts He gave her—to accomplish His perfect will through her humble, obedient, meek submission to God.
“And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Like all the heroes of the Bible who were used by God—the humble most of all, Jesus most of all. And look what He inherited—the whole earth—all of us, His beloved, chosen people whom the Father loves so, so much. We’re what He wants most. Us and our surrender, our obedience, and He will use what He gave us, will exalt us, and will bless the meek with inheriting the earth.
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