I was listening to Psalms this am and the verse in Psalms 37:11 came on about “the meek inheriting the earth” and I began to think/wonder what meek really meant in the context of the Bible. It is a word I have heard all of my life growing up in the church and a term that, in my mind, was always related to just plain weakness.
Then I read some commentaries about the context of that verse and felt like the Holy Spirit illuminate something to me that is actually a foundational principle of a healthy and vibrant relationship with Jesus.
There is no greater principle in a healthy walk with God than reliance on Him. It is a simple principle that we forget the longer we serve God. The potential pitfall of a lengthy relationship with Jesus is that we can begin to pick and choose what we rely on the Holy Spirit for and things we think that our knowledge can accomplish. We can assume that because we are not baby Christians any longer, that we can make good decisions based on the Bible that we read for academic sake and not for Spiritual illumination. We can confuse reliance on Christ for neediness that only immature believers need for the start of their walks with Christ. This is a dangerous place to exist.
The dictionary definition of meek is “quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive” which are all terms related to (in the physical mind) being rolled over or told what to do with a complete loss of personal will. These things can be seen as negative until the perspective of trust/focus being put on the Holy Spirit and His direction in our lives. In the context of the Bible, it is submitting our will to God and his purposes to us knowing and trusting that what He has is best.
One example of an area that we venture into and move away from meekness and Christlikeness is worry. Worry is essentially trying to match up a mental man made solution to a life crisis with the worst of a situation already being decided. This is 100% true...without trust in the Holy Spirit and reliance on His power, which is meekness in the Biblical sense. When we are meek, we have a FULL realization that our physical ability is nothing compared to the challenges we will face as a human on this earth. That all we have is reliance on an all powerful and completely caring God who wants what is best for us in all situations. This kind of thinking does not make sense to people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus and can sometimes be the GREATEST witness we have when walking through the fires of life.
Today, don’t consider meekness to be weakness but an exchange of your ability to navigate life with your limited mental capacity and begin to rely on the knowledge of God, the creator of the universe.
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