Meek not Weak

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:5

Meekness is not something we hear people talk about today. It certainly isn’t celebrated in the culture but the Bible says it is really important.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). To put it another way, you will be blessed if you’re a meek person. Meekness means that you are no longer inflated with pride. You have seen your real condition, and as a result, you’re meek.

And by the way, weakness and meekness are not the same. Let’s say, for example, that you’re a professional boxer. And someone harasses you. But you don’t hit them back, even though you could. You choose not to strike back, even though they’re mistreating you. That is not weakness. That is meekness. Meekness is power under control.

The word Jesus used here for meek is a Greek word that describes the breaking of a powerful stallion. Have you ever ridden a horse that didn’t want to do what you wanted it to? I have and it is not a great position to be in. When a horse submits to the rider’s will, that is meekness. The horse is still strong but under control. 

In the same way, when we surrender ourselves to God’s will, we exhibit meekness. How different this is from our culture. In the Bible, the last are first. Giving is receiving. Dying is living. Losing is finding. The least are the greatest. Weakness is strength.

A happy person, therefore, will be a meek person. Seeing ourselves as we really are produces a vital spiritual quality: meekness. 

David Ball