Blessed Are The Meek
Matthew 5:5 - Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
When I was new to Christianity, this scripture never quite sat well with me. I am sure that at that time, if a hundred people were asked to describe me in one word, absolutely no one would have described me as “meek.” I was a happy-go-lucky, loud, opinionated girl (I still am, I just know how best to use these qualities now 😊), nothing like the word “meek”, and I couldn’t believe that because of my personality, I wouldn’t inherit the earth! Now that I am an older Christian, I laugh at my former thought process, because my definition of meekness was totally wrong.
Meekness is not a personality, it is a heart posture. What that simply means is, meekness is a state where our hearts and minds are rightly aligned, in relation to who God is and who He has called us to be. God is sovereign, the King of all Kings and Lord of all Lords. To be meek is to be constantly aware that as children of God, we are to live out His will and not ours. To be meek is to hang on to every word God says, because only He is all-knowing and has all wisdom. To put it simply, to be meek is to be in a state of constant humility before God. Meekness is not a synonym for weakness or timidity or powerlessness... far from it. Meekness is knowing that everything we are and have must be submitted to our Holy God. This seems reasonable enough, given that everything we are and have comes from this Holy God!
In Numbers 12:3 (KJV), it is said of Moses: “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” Because of this quality, in the same chapter, God defended Moses by publicly punishing his siblings when they spoke wickedly against him in private! Evidently, God greatly values meekness in His children! If you are familiar with Moses, you know the he was greatly used by God. Under his leadership, the children of Israel left their bondage in the land of Egypt, to live no more as slaves. It was Moses’ meekness that caused him to seek the face of God at the shores of the Red Sea when there was no escape in sight from their fast-advancing enemies. It was that same meekness that allowed him to obey God and stretch out his rod over the Red Sea, even though that instruction probably made little sense (Exodus 14:1-22).
Jesus Christ, Himself, is the perfect example of meekness. He says of Himself in Matthew 11:29, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Other translations say “I am humble and gentle at heart.” Do you see further evidence that meekness is in fact a heart issue and not a personality? Jesus Christ was no weakling — He was God Himself on earth; but He understood that His power and strength, had to be submitted to the authority of God the Father. And it must be the same with us. In fact the Greek word for meekness in the New Testament, praus, connotes “power under authority.”
So now that we have a better understanding of meekness, how do we interpret the promise that comes with it: “the meek shall inherit the earth?” When we are meek, we are aligned with God’s will and purposes, and we are therefore obedient. In other words, meekness will allow us not to live by our own desires, but by the Spirit of God. In Romans 8:14, we learn that “as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons [children] of God.” Much like Jesus, meekness is a characteristic of our sonship in God’s Kingdom.
Romans 8:17 says “and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ…” What amazing news! It means that all that Jesus is and has is our inheritance too! It means that here on earth, we can walk in dominion, fulfilling the will of the Father; but more importantly than anything, it means that we have treasures and authority stored up for us in eternity. 1 Peter 1:3-4 NLT says, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance — an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” How marvelous!
We must remember that our earthly lives are only preparation for our lives in eternity. To be given an inheritance without having meekness would be a recipe for disaster. The story of the prodigal son in the Bible is a prime example: without meekness and humility of heart, any inheritance would be squandered, misused and abused. Meekness manifests itself also as self-control: “power under authority.” Meekness is fruit of the Holy Spirit.
We must also remember that in the Kingdom of God, the paths we take to success are often unconventional and even counterintuitive:
To gain, we must give.
To truly live, we must daily die.
To lead, we must be servants.
To rest, we must take on Christ’s yoke.
To be powerful, we must be meek.
May we ever be conscious that indeed it is only in Christ we live and move and have our being. And may this increase our meekness always, so that we truly will inherit the earth, now and in the age to come. Amen.