Blessed Are The Meek...
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5
What does it mean to be meek?
First of all, meekness is a position of strength and not weakness (as is often mistakingly thought).
It is a "...a voluntary resignation and submission to the divine will of God with grace." Meekness is rooted in a deep belief that God is for you. It implies a softness of temper and humility along with the submission.
I love Warren Wiersbe's description in his book, "Heirs of the King," when he says that meekness is power under control... that "meekness does not show itself when we are wrong, but (actually) when we are right." (Page 69)
Meek people submit themselves and their enemies to God, trusting HIM to handle the problem and the outcome.
Meekness is not something we manufacture. It's part of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Like many of the characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit, meekness is cultivated in the difficult experiences of life.
The meek person surrenders with complete trust that the LORD knows best, and with a deep belief that everyone and every circumstance that comes into her (or his) life has been divinely filtered through the wisdom of God himself for HIS glory and for the believer's ultimate good. The Meek know that everything is right on schedule, everything is going according to plan - God's Plan.
Meek people have learned that they only reign in life by resigning their life. They can accomplish this once they understand that their very life is not their own but is actually owned by God.
So when meekness is lived out, the meek are afraid of no thing and no one. They know that God is in control of them and their circumstances.
Undesirable circumstances come into our lives and make us appear outwardly as extremely vulnerable and weak. When we rely on God's power, the patient and hopeful endurance in our circumstances identifies us as inwardly resilient and strong.
The truth is meekness does not identify the weak but more precisely it identifies the strong. The one who has become meek knows she has been placed in a position of weakness by the sovereignty of God. She can persevere because she knows it's God's chosen venue to reveal the ultimate plan of The Most High God!
It is power under control!
Our ultimate example is Jesus who willingly submitted because he knew his Father was in control. He told Peter
"...shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?" John 18:11
The meek drink whatever cup the Father gives them, not reluctantly, but deliberately, and with GRACE.
May the Holy Spirit fill us until we overflow with the spirit of meekness as we surrender to HIM!!