Matthew 5:5; Psalm 37; Psalm 121
Meek Not Weak
Matthew 5:5; Various
Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.
We have been sharing one of the blessings from the Beatitudes each night. These blessings are from Jesus asking for God’s favor. These blessing bring a spiritual joy that comes from God into our hearts.
The third blessing in Matthew 5:5 is, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” What does meekness have to do with God? So often when we think of meekness we think of push-overs, milk toast, shy people, those who don’t stand up for themselves.
In a way we are right. God does stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. He protects the weak, the orphan, the widow, and the stranger in the land. Throughout God’s law there is a call to help those who cannot help themselves.
But this is not talking about weakness. The meek are not weak!
This verse is an allusion to Psalm 37. Let’s read that together!
It’s talking about a strength! In verse 11 it says “the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” That is very similar to what Jesus said in the Beatitudes. But how is this a strength?
In verse 9 it says “those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.” The word hope is also translated as wait. In other words, “those who wait on the Lord in hope will inherit the land.”
Doing it on your own strength… We all like a good action movie where the hero comes to save the day and make all the wrongs right. In the movies it is usually a person who has taken all he can and finally can take no more. Popeye the sailor used to say, “I taken alls I can stands and I can’t stands no more!. The strength of the hero movie is that he brings his own truth and justice to the situation. But what if his judgement, strength, and truth wrong? (dark comics like Deadpool, Punisher, etc.)
You see, real strength is not always jumping in and being a hero… trying to make the wrongs of the world right in our own eyes. Strength is knowing where your help comes from and waiting patiently for him to come and make things right in His eyes. ONLY GOD’S TRUTH AND JUSTICE IS ABSOLUTE
Psalm 121 puts the meek into prospective. I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber, indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
The meek will inherit the land for they humbly and patiently wait for God to bring his justice and truth into the land.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your strength, your justice, and your truth. We praise you for your word that reveals your brand of justice. Most of all we thank you for your grace that is revealed in your Son, Jesus. Help us to be meek and patiently wait on the Lord. Maranatha! In Jesus name. AMEN!
“Good night and God bless you.”