Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Meek Shall Inherit

God's been teaching me about meekness lately. Now, I have a friend who recently described me as a meek person, but apparently I still have a lot to learn.

In Bible study for the past two weeks, we've been talking about the Beatitudes as characteristics of the kind of person who's truly seeking God. To truly seek God, you have to be poor in spirit (aware of your own poverty without God), mournful of your sin, meek, hungry and thirsty after righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, and a peacemaker. Of course, the result of this won't always be peace, but may very well be trouble, as you find yourself in tension with the world system.

All of today's assigned scriptures from my devotion book were all about meekness, too.

Psalm 37:8-11
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For evil men will be cut off,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace.
Also, Daniel 5:13-30 contrasts King Belshazzar, who is drunk with his own power, with the meekness of Daniel. Though Daniel is offered rich rewards for interpreting God's handwriting on the wall, Daniel says in verse 7, "You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means." Then, after he has said this and after he interprets the dream, he is rewarded anyway, despite his protestations. See--the meek shall inherit.
Then, 2 John 1:6 says, "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, your command is that you walk in love."
And then, in Luke 5:1-11, Jesus is in the middle of teaching when people interrupt his teaching by tearing a hole in his roof (many scholars believe that this was Jesus' own house) and lowering someone through the hole. I think I'd be a bit rankled by this, but Jesus simply looks at him and says, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." What sins, you may ask. Well, the sin of tearing Jesus' house apart, for starters! But instead of anger, Jesus chooses meekness.
Meekness isn't weakness. It's power under control. It's humility and gentleness combined. I need more of this in my life. These were all assigned readings for today. Is the Lord trying to show me something about meekness? I think so.
Then, of course, consider this: God led you to my blog. Is He trying to show you something about meekness, too?

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