Blessings Promised to the Meek

April 6, 2017

Blessings Promised to the Meek

In Matthew 5:5 blessing is promised to the meek. “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Meekness and humility are brothers and sisters. They are in the same family. To be meek is to be humble. In writing about meekness, I’m also writing about being humble. The two words are almost interchangeable.

In writing articles about the beatitudes, I anticipated that writing about meekness would be the most difficult. We all face the temptation to exalt ourselves. We all want to be praised. Asking God for meekness is seldom included in our prayers. How often do you ask God to help you be humble. If we only knew what is included in the blessing God promises to the meek, we would be more diligent in asking God to help us be meek.

Perhaps the meek will receive the richest blessing God can bestow upon us human beings. More than once we read that God promises to exalt the humble. Luke 14:11 says “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Again in Luke 18:14 we read “Every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” God also promises to abase those who exalt themselves. If we expect God to complete his promise to the humble, we better believe that he will also abase those who exalt themselves.

Yes, we like to be exalted, but we like to think there must be a better way to achieve it than by being humble. We put forth the utmost exertion to do that which is commendable. We want to be among the brave, or make notable achievements in life. In so doing, we expect to get the praise of men. We are often satisfied with that. No doubt the blessing of God on the meek is something much more to be desired if we only knew what it was.

There is much that we can learn from Christ about meekness. In John 8:50 he said he sought not his own glory. “And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.” He sought not the praises of men. He didn’t get much of it either when he was here on earth. To the contrary, he was known as the meek and lowly one. Matthew 11:29 says “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.” Philippians 2:9-10 says that because Jesus humbled himself he was highly exalted. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” Humility comes before exaltation.

In Matthew 6:1-2 Jesus warns us of the danger of seeking the praises of men. “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.” Jesus said “They have their reward.” By that he meant, that’s all the reward they are going to get. It is hard for us to comprehend that God is capable of exalting us much more highly than men can. I Corinthians 2:9 says “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

The meek and lowly in this life are often overlooked; sometimes even disdained. Genuine Christians should recognize and respect them. Even so, they may not choose them as their mentors and seek to follow their example. Among the surprises awaiting us in heaven will be to find that there are those who have been more highly rewarded than those who distinguished themselves as great servants of God here on earth. They were the ones who were willing to remain behind the scenes and do the dirty work of keeping church floors clean. It might be that they were the ones who walked the dusty roads, knocking on doors, leaving gospel tracts, and an invitation to consider their need of salvation.

God doesn’t overlook the meek. Most often the exaltation that God has for the meek will be in heaven. He says “They shall inherit the earth.” During their days here on this earth they often felt left out. Most commentators say that the earth promised here will be the new earth spoken of in Revelation 21:1. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” There have been many humble believers who passed through this life without ever having a home they could call their own; much less an acreage. In the new earth they may have an extensive piece of land and a home of their own. It isn’t a promise of Scripture, but the old hymn “A Child Of The King” says “A tent or a cottage, why should I care? They’re building a palace for me over there!”

Every time we read in the beatitudes, “blessed are…” we need to stop and take heed to who the blessed are. What God promises to them far exceeds anything this world has to offer. Galatians 6:7-9 says “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Note: In writing this article, I was greatly helped by what I learned from reading the book: “Humility” by Andrew Murray. I read the book twice and made notes on each chapter the second time I read it. In your pursuit of meekness you could be greatly helped by reading the book.

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