What is meek? It doesn’t really seem like a very positive description. I’d throw it along in with “timid”, “shy”, and “weak”. But it’s not really any of those, especially not “weak”. I would call it something more along the lines of being under authority. For example, Ephesians 6:1-3 says this:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—”so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.
Now, this doesn’t sound like a bad thing, does it? Though there are times, you must admit, when we rather grudgingly obey the authority of our parents, it’s the right thing to do. This is just an example of being meek. Now, let’s start getting into the Beatitudes section of this post.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
So, Matthew 5:5. We’ve gone from “poor in spirit” to “those who mourn” to “the meek”. Pretty odd descriptions. But we go from “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” to “for they will be comforted” to “for they will inherit the earth”, respectively. Now, these are all good things! So what does being meek have to do with this?
Think back to my definition of “meek”. Being under authority can be hard. But most of the time, it is the best thing for us. And God wants what’s best for us; He’s promised this great thing for those of us who are meek. Give it a try, and see how it blesses your daily life.
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