Blessings Promised to the Meek

September 30, 2014


Blessings Promised to the Meek

            To be blessed means to be highly favored.  There are a number of blessings promised in what is called the beatitudes.  They are found in Matthew chapter five.  In this article we are going to focus on the promise of blessing to the meek.  Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

To be meek, in the Greek, expresses that temper or spirit in which we accept God’s dealings with us without disputing and resisting.  It is to be patient and humble.  It is characteristic of one who is willing to accept correction.  It is not a characteristic of most people in this world.  They put more confidence in high self-esteem, strength, and diligence.

We can learn from examples of meekness found in the Bible.  In Genesis 13 we read of how Abraham allowed Lot to choose the best land.  Moses is another example of meekness.  Numbers 12:3 says, “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.”  Hebrew 11:23-25 tells how Moses showed meekness when he chose rather “to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” When he left Egypt he was willing to be a sheep herder for 40 years until God called him to be the liberator of his people.  David is another example of meekness.  After being chosen to be the king of Israel, he didn’t take vengeance on Saul in spite of all he suffered because of him.

In Galatians 5:22-23 meekness is listed as one of the fruits of the Spirit.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,   meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”  The fruit of the Spirit are virtues that God wants to instill in those who are his.  Meekness isn’t a quality we are born with.  Being born of humble parents and growing up humbly doesn’t make us meek.  It is something we must learn and accept.

Meekness doesn’t seem to be something we can produce in ourselves.  Nowhere in the Bible are we commanded to be meek.  It is something that the Holy Spirit produces in us if we are yielded to him.

Meekness demands that we have an honest appraisal of ourselves.  It is closely related to that of being poor in spirit as is found in Matthew 5:3.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  It is the realization that in ourselves we don’t have anything to be proud of.  Romans 12:3 tells how we should think about ourselves.  “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

The meek person is not easily provoked  (I Corinthians 13:3).  In Latin America they say “He doesn’t have a short fuse.”  He can take rebuke and criticism without going into a fit of anger.  His main desire is that of pleasing God.

How should we take the promise given to the meek?  It certainly doesn’t mean the material earth.  I rather think that it means all the good things this world has to offer.  He doesn’t give them an abundance of things, but all they need.  In Psalm 84:11 we have the promise that “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” God gives the best to those who leave the choice up to him.

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