Focus verse: Matt. 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
This passage calls us to an attitude of meekness toward God and our fellow man. Meekness can be easily misunderstood. We often view meekness as a synonym for weakness. The dictionary even describes someone who is meek as being “deficient in spirit and courage.” Yet, Jesus says of Himself in Matt 11:29 “for I am gentle and lowly in heart.” Jesus is describing meekness for us, and we know that Jesus is certainly not “deficient of spirit and courage.” So, how do we rightly understand meekness? Meekness is to possess great strength and courage, yet the self-control to apply that strength and courage at the appropriate time.
Before His betrayal, Jesus having the infinite resources of God at His command, prayed “Not my will but Your will be done.” Upon the cross, being humiliated by those who were carrying out His crucifixion, Jesus cried out, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” These are not displays of weakness from our Lord and Savior, but rather glorious examples of the power of His meekness. Because of His meekness, the power of God overcame death upon the cross. Because of His meekness, we can enter into a relationship with God. We don’t have to strive in that relationship. Instead, we allow the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of gentleness or meekness in our lives (Galatians 5:23).
In maintaining an attitude of meekness before God, we are blessed. This is not merely a happy feeling that fades away with difficult circumstances. Rather, Jesus refers to a blessing that endures in the midst of trials and temptations (James 1:12). As a result, Jesus tells us that we will inherit the earth. You might be thinking, “With the state of the world these days, why would I want to inherit this earth we live in?” But, we must not lose sight of the fact that God has given us the end of the story; He is making all things new. This includes a new heaven and a new earth, in which believers in Jesus will dwell with Him face to face, for all eternity (Revelation 21:1-4).
- What are some more examples from the Scriptures that highlight the meekness of Jesus? Next Week’s Scripture: Matthew 5:6