I have encountered and had to challenge within my own heart and mind the concept that being meek equaled being weak. Biblically meekness is the exact opposite of weakness. I want to avoid offering opinions and go directly to the Scripture for my explanation and evaluation of the quality of Meekness.
In studying the Bible, it is impossible to miss the fact that Jesus never offered an opinion. He never guessed; He knew, He knows and that will never change. When we read the Beatitudes we often come away with emotional and mental difficulty grasping the concept or truth that Jesus presented. I’ve known preachers that avoid the Beatitudes as though they were infected with some contagious plague. One even said, “I don’t want to preach being poor or sad, I want to preach joy and blessings.” I thought, wait, Jesus used the word Blessed which encompasses not only happiness but inherent joy and prosperity of soul in His declaration of the desired conditions presented in the Beatitudes.
Many of the teachings of our Lord can and will become heavy weights if we fail to grasp both who we are and whose we are. If we fail to reconcile what God says about us with what we think, or the world declares about us. When we do we will find incredible liberty and transformation that makes the Beatitudes not only possible but powerful realities in our lives.
God says that we are members of the Body of Christ. The Bible declares that we are more than conquerors through Jesus. The Scripture teaches that we have authority and power over all the power of the enemy. From that position and condition, we can realize that a biblically ‘meek man’ is not a human mouse held down by his own sense of inferiority. That is biblical meekness it is human oppression and a demonic misrepresentation of the truth.
I believe that a man or woman who is ‘biblically meek’ can be bold as a lion because he or she has experienced victory over the deception of self. When we overcome the attempts of the devil to fool us about who we are and what we are capable of we rise in a boldness that is incredible. When one accepts God’s estimate of their own lives they experience a transformation that is a launching pad for faith and opens the door to fulfill Jesus words in John 14:12. It is then that we can, in humility, do the works that He did, and even greater works having received the Power of the Spirit of God in our lives.
A truly meek person, in the biblical sense, finds no need to defend himself because he knows that God is his defense. He no longer is entrapped or ensnared by pretense. He is who he is and does not feel the need to be anything else or impress anyone else. God is his focus and his desire is that the words of his mouth, the meditation of his heart, and his life pleases God. If a man is pleased that is a bonus but not a focus. No, he is not inconsiderate, but the opinion of man is secondary to the favor of God.
Too often we wear masks as Christians and fear being exposed or fear someone realizing our own personal deficiencies. In our attempt to be ‘meek’ we become ‘weak’ and in our weakness we become proud. I hope that is not confusing but although it is not a bad thing to want to put your best foot forward if the approval of man is your focus you will gain neither man’s approval or Gods and find yourself deeply dissatisfied.
We become artificial and many live with the fear that some deep dark secret in their hearts or some deficiency in their life will be exposed. That artificiality will steal from them any peace and rob them of the ability to ‘rest’. Jesus’ instructions and invitation in Matthew 11:28-29 was to enter into His Rest and allow Him to help us carry the burden of living and life.
When we come to Jesus and surrender all to Him, we realize there is no need for artificiality or pretense. In Him, we are forgiven! It is from the position of forgiveness and grace that we gain the power to become who God says we are. In that condition, we become ‘meek’ because we know that in ourselves we are nothing, can do nothing, and have nothing. However, in Him, we have all that heaven offers. That reality is humbling and allows biblical meekness to flood our hearts and in that condition of dependence, we become bold as lions with no pretense or artificiality. We become overcomers because we know that we do not have to defend ourselves or be something we are not. We Trust!
Never fear biblical meekness, for out of that condition you find humility, compassion, and strength beyond anything you have ever known.
God bless you as you enjoy this day in Him!