THE MEANING OF MEEKNESS

Grace For The Journey

7feb   What does it mean to be meek? The unbelieving world would say it is just another word for the kind of weakness that leads others to walk all over you like a door mat. But God’s Word says something quite different: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

Meekness, which you can also call humility, is a gift from God that begins with trust in God. It is not weakness. It is strength that transcends the physical. The Old Testament identifies Moses as a man who possessed this quality . . .

“Now the man Moses was a very humble man, more humble than all men who were on the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3)

I don’t think anyone would seriously consider Moses – who boldly declared to Pharaoh, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go,’” to be a “weak” man who allowed others to walk all over him like a divine door mat. Moses trusted in God, and in utter meekness he allowed God to use him as the deliverer of Israel. When Moses went before Pharaoh, he went in the strength of the Lord, speaking only the words God had given him to speak. He went in utter weakness and humility. And what was the result? God used meek Moses to overthrow the wealthy, powerful, and arrogant Pharaoh.

The story of Moses gives you and I some insight into what we can accomplish when we trust in God. At first, it may seem difficult! When God first spoke to Moses out of the burning bush, Moses did not believe he was the right man to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. Remember that Moses was forced to flee Egypt because he tried to save his people in his way and in his own strength. So God sent Moses to the back side of the desert for 40 years to prepare him to serve Him in humble dependence.

Moses went from trusting in his wisdom to trusting in the wisdom of God . . . from trusting in his strength to trusting in the strength of God . . . from trusting in his plan to trusting in God’s plan. And this could only happen through the gift of meekness.

You see, God doesn’t need our wisdom, our strength, or our plans to accomplish His purposes in this world. He only needs willing servants who will . . .

Trust Him

Even when we cannot

Trace Him.

Kay and I put up a saying in our daughter Ashley’s bedroom after see went to be with the Lord that says,

“When you can’t see God’s hand;

Trust His heart.”

That is what meekness is all about.  The great “I Am” called Moses and He is calling you and me to surrender complete control of our lives to Him. That is meekness. That is humility. That is the only way we will find meaning, significance, and purpose on this side of the grave.

Contrary to what you hear from the world, it is the meek, not the strong whom God will use to expand the cause of His kingdom.  May that be the message that the world sees in our lives!

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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