Matthew 5:5 – “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” NKJV
I had a person tell me that to be meek was to be weak therefore they would never be meek because they would never be weak. No amount of persuasion could convince them that meekness and weakness did not have to be synonymous. That individual was critical of anyone who demonstrated any meekness through humility and believed those people were doormats and would always be trampled on. He was frequently confrontative and combative in his interactions with people. That is not what the word ‘meek’ used here in this passage means.
The word in the Greek is ‘praus’ with is a primary word that means ‘mild’ and by implication ‘humble.’ Immediately the words of Matthew 11:29 comes to mind where our LORD said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly at heart: and you shall find rest for your souls.” Wow! Jesus was ‘meek’ and if we are to be like Him, that is how we should be.
But, how was He ‘meek’? Was he ‘weak’? Of course not, so we need to immediately reject that idea and stereotype that being ‘meek’ is being ‘weak’. Meekness is demonstrated powerfully in our response to injuries and difficulties in life. Meekness carries the idea of Patience and that causes me to remember the words of Jesus in Luke 21:19 that we are to ‘possess our souls through meekness.’ That passage makes ‘meekness’ virtually synonymous with ‘endurance’ and ‘patience.’ It conveys the idea of Standing Firm in the face of life’s difficulties because we are ‘in Him.’
Jesus taught that if someone offends or injures us, we are to ‘turn the other cheek’. If that is viewed as cowardice or weakness we will not find the humility, compassion, or love to forgive but will seek to retaliate? The person who exhibits true ‘meekness’ is one who can endure hardship and injury with grace because that person believes that God is our vindicator.
I have seen it demonstrated and tasted of the truth that meekness produces an inner peace that can come through no other action or reaction. I had a situation where an individual informed me that they were going to destroy me and remove me from the church if I did not comply with their demands. That individual attempted to impede progress and rather than fight back I calmly presented facts and reality to the people. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, “Do not speak evil to or about her, just be silent and watch Me.” In about two weeks the hold that individual had held over the church for decades was shattered and I never said a word to her. I had a peace that God would vindicate so I trusted.
The amazing promise for those who are Meek is they will ‘inherit the earth.’ I had a person say to me, “Who wants it?” It could have been translated land and if it was it could be viewed as the nation of Israel viewed Canaan. They viewed the land as their ‘anakali’ or Place of Promise. Therefore, if we view the promise to inherit the earth as receiving the Promise of God we should rejoice greatly. He never fails to fulfill His promises or keep His word.
Meekness, therefore, produces a sense of peace through confidence in God’s Promise of Protection and Provision. Remember when Israel was being pursued by the Egyptian army and were petrified? They were willing to return to slavery because of that fear. They were willing to demonstrate ‘weakness’ and may have thought it was ‘meekness’ but it was cowardice and confusion. They were not staying focused on Who God Was and Is.
Moses attempted to calm them in Exodus 14:13 saying, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you have seen today, you will never see them again.” Hallelujah! If we Trust, Obey, Stand Firm, wait in Patience and thereby exhibit God’s Meekness we will see God’s deliverance. Love and Grace are always more powerful than Hate and Vengeance.
My prayer is “Lord, help me to be meek without being weak and to trust You completely in all things and at all times.” If I do that, I am completely confident that I will inherit the land or the promise and having done all to stand I can stand and keep on standing. He will never fail. Let us seek to be meek without being weak!
May the Lord bless you richly as you proceed on your journey this day!