Matthew 5:5 (KJV)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
The beatitudes progress from new birth to maturity. Meekness is addressed third, right after poor in spirit. If we took a street survey of what people thought meekness is, we’d find a lot of what it is not. It isn’t weak or passive. It includes submission (to God), gentleness, humility, not easily provoked, not vain, being teachable & coachable. After we’re born again we’re supposed to grow in the knowledge of the Word, mature into who we are re-created to be. We must grow into the Biblical definition of meekness.
Once we are really submitted to and are seeking to know God, learning to live on this Earth as citizens of His kingdom, we begin to truly live. Sadly, getting to that point usually involves taking a lot of wrong roads, making bad choices, and falling down (being poor in spirit, being broken, coming to the end of ourselves and pride). We begin as baby Christians and so much of our growth depends on the ‘family’ around us giving us direction.
I grew up ‘churched’ and was born again at a young age, but I didn’t understand much; I simply had religion. When dysfunction occurred in my life, I felt empty and, looking for where I belonged, I let my heart turn to the world. The answer was not to be found in the world, though.
What does that have to do with meekness? Well, when we are submitted to God, remaining humble and teachable, we mature into healthy members of God’s family with hearts like our Father’s. As meek believers, we have what the lost and hurting people of the world are searching for, and we are called to share it with others. Matthew 11:29 (AMP) says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.”
I am so thankful that God kept drawing me to Him. During my twenty-something years, I shared a duplex across the street from a church; I remember looking at it on numerous occasions. That was God drawing me in. But my life was not aligned with what I thought a Christian’s life should be, so I was not brave enough to go alone, and nobody I was hanging with would have gone with me. If someone from the church had come to my door in a friendly, non-judgemental manner, and invited me to go with them, I would have. I still believe that God asked someone from there to reach out – my heart was guarded but receptive – yet no one from the church reached out. I did however eventually feel Him calling me, and I meekly submitted.
The world needs mature, meek believers to connect those, who don’t even know what they are searching for, to God who longs to give them rest. I want to be that person for others now. God has a beautiful way of turning the pain we experience into a way to reach & bless others.
Today’s verse holds a promise: we will inherit the earth. This is a promise of provision for those with a teachable heart. The reward is growing in our rich inheritance in Him. When we are meek, we are rewarded with divine guidance and the complete peace which comes from recognizing God’s abundant blessings. We are told in Psalm 37:11 (AMP), “but the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
I am richly blessed indeed.