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The Beatitudes: Day 4

Blessed Are the Meek

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Today's Text: Matthew 5:5, Luke 12:13-21, Psalm 37:1-11

Text: Matthew 5:5, Luke 12:13-21, Psalm 37:1-11

These days my daughters have been struck with a heavy dose of the equine magic, something unknowingly passed down from their mama, I suppose. As a child, I whiled away many an afternoon hour at the dining room table, painstakingly working to capture the essence of a mare and her young colt. Occasionally, they’d take flight as a pegasus or grow into a purple-horned unicorn. But more often than not, I fashioned my horses a traditional brown or black—always majestic, racing through a large Crayola®-green pasture, wild, free, and unbridled.

Fueling my wonder was a racehorse farm, just down the road from my childhood home. On slow summer mornings, my mother would walk with me, hand-in-hand, to admire the horses. Together, we’d watch them from the outside of endless white fences, their tails flick-flick-flicking away flies in the heat. On rare occasions, she’d lead me to the stables for a closer look, to stroke their muzzles, my fingers tentatively dancing across a velvety smooth coat. I’d stare deeply into the eyes of those beautiful beasts, in awe of their quiet, controlled demeanor—steely strength enveloped in a gentle disposition.

Though humble in temperament and committed to the service of their master, you’d never doubt the power of these statuesque creatures. You would never think them weak. These animals are bred, born, and groomed for a few minutes of all-out greatness, and yet the day-to-day submission of their own will to that of their master’s is somehow equally awe-inspiring. The master has proven to be good and worthy of their trust. And so they wait on him.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in Him, and He will act…
Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him…
-Psalm 37:5,7

This is a picture of meekness: strength and power under control, submitted to the authority of the Father. He created us to bear His image and to bring Him glory (Genesis 1:27; Isaiah 43:7). And while we can honor God in deed and action—in how we run the race—we also glorify Him in our waiting and trusting in Him. We glorify Him in our meekness, too.

Scripture tells us Moses was the meekest man on the face of the earth, but he was far from weak (Numbers 12:3). The man who confronted Pharaoh, led the Israelites’ exodus out of Egypt, and parted the Red Sea, was empowered by God Almighty to lead and perform miracles in His name, yet he remained humble in spirit. He was just a foretaste of Jesus Christ, our Savior to come (Matthew 11:29).

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
-Isaiah 53:7

Jesus had all the authority of heaven and earth given to Him, yet He submitted His will to the Father (Matthew 28:18). The same God who met face to face with Moses endured the cross for the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). He did it for us—we are His joy, His prize. This is the God who fights for us; we need only to be still and wait for Him (Exodus 14:14).

We live in a world that distracts us from our true inheritance. At every turn, we’re told to make our desires happen now and on our own terms. But that’s orphan living, and we are daughters of the King. All that He has is already ours in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:3). Our inheritance is already secure.

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Kara Gause is an editor for She Reads Truth happily residing in Nashville, Tennessee. She’s married to one swell fella and mother to a set of delightfully spirited twin girls. Sunsets and snow cones are near and dear to her heart, as is anything or anyone who reminds her of God’s goodness.

  • Stephanie

    Balancing between being meek while still confident is always a struggle for me.

  • Jessica Harrop

    I am a very inpatient person. God constantly reminds me to be patient and wait on him, for he knows what he has planned for me.

  • Jacqueline

    I loved this! I do have a question, though. How does the reading of Luke 12:13-21 tie into this?

    • Sarabeth

      This is just my thoughts but… I think Luke 12:13-21 ties in because so much of the world is striving to conquer, striving to success, striving to store up everything we have for ourselves. But God calls us to trust that he will provide and to love other. The rich man already had so much more than he needed, yet when he had too much to store, he didn’t give to those in need, he wanted to store even more. In a way it is another way for us to let go of the earthly things and focus on God because in the end those who trust God will inherit the earth. Does that make sense? Again, it’s what I got out of it. God bless.

  • ♥️it’s not a fight, but a surrender.

  • This was so good, full of truth. Thank you!

  • Christina

    I love this picture of what meekness is. And this refutation of what the world says is important. It’s hard to remember sometimes that gain here equals loss in eternity.

  • Susan Dexter

    Another gentle reminder that I need to be still and wait on God. Thank you

  • Skigranny1

    Thank the Lord for being such a great God who fights for us; may we be still and wait – trusting He knows what we need. I love the analogy of the strength of the horses; yet they submit to their master. Unsubmitted, that power could be dangerous and cause so much trouble. May we truly understand the power we have in Him and allow the Spirit to guide and direct us for His glory. Our Master is definitely worthy of our trust.

  • Jess Gardiner

    Notice that we *inherit* the earth. This is in direct comparison to the world’s idea of demanding and going after what you want. I think of the scene in Pilgrims Progress between Passion and Patience. Passion demanded his inheritance now. And he was given it. Oh how he gloated over Patience. But Patience waited, longing and suffering loss gladly for the inheritance that was coming. All to soon Passion grew tired of his inheritance. He wanted more and even what he had was crumbling. When the Father came back, Passion had even that little taken away from Him. He had put his trust in the temporary and not waited for the eternal. He thought he gained in this world, but He actually lost everything. Patience lost in this life and yet he gained everything and more. So many lessons to learn!

  • churchmouse

    Kara, thank you for this. I have never prayed for the virtue of meekness. I’ve always perceived it as the mousy woman standing in the corner afraid to look anyone in the eye. Not sure why I thought that but… This… Today. “Strength and power under control, submitted to the authority of the Father.” Well that right there sure is the way to defeat agitation. Oh there’s been a while lot of agitation here in the US this past election cycle and continuing. Not only external agitation but the internal agitation of “Lord, what is going on? What are You doing? What am I to do?” Deep breath. All my attempts to force my agenda to get my desired results, politically and personally, are “orphan living.” Thank you for convicting me! I am a daughter of the King (all this agitation can make one forget). “All that He has is already ours in Christ.” All that He has is far superior so why am I fussing? My inheritance is already secure. No need to feel agitated. No need to strive. No need for anxiousness. Let me be still today and know that You are God and I am your beloved daughter. Help me submit to Your loving authority over all of my life. Today I pray for meekness. Amen.

  • This is hitting me right in the heart. I need to focus on being meek, I often lack this quality and become so focused on this earth.

  • Christine

    “The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto.” A. W. Tozer

  • “we also glorify Him in our waiting and trusting in Him. “<—- THIS! This hit home. I glorify him in my waiting. I have never thought of my waiting this way. I need to think on this some more because it's a powerful word!

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  • Learning to give over all control to God. Please pray for me as I have been out of school these past two and a half weeks with a fever and now a little pneumonia. Please pray that I can get caught up in the large amount of work that I missed and to do it with a confident and hopeful attitude, trusting that God will help me get through this.

  • This world places great value on power and wealth. Not so, God. It’s comforting and convicting to be reminded we are to lay up riches in heaven, and this place is not our home.
    I have been wealthy and now I am not. It’s more fun having wealth, but it kept me from deep relationship with my savior. I simply did not need to trust him for everything. What I have learned is that my bank account, the size of my home (or lack thereof), the make and model of my car (or not having one at all), the tag on my clothing, the food I eat…none of these things can impart true worth to our lives. Only Jesus can do that.

  • Thank you for this reminder. So often meekness is misinterpreted as weakness in our society. Thankful for God’s Word to bring me back to what is true.

  • Great illustration using such a beautiful and strong and powerful creature made by God! And this passage brings such piercing clarity to being a Christ follower in the world. “We live in a world that distracts us from our true inheritance. At every turn, we’re told to make our desires happen now and on our own terms. But that’s orphan living, and we are daughters of the King. All that He has is already ours in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:3). Our inheritance is already secure.” Thank you!

  • My inheritance is already secure. Bless the Lord!

  • I love the comparison to the horses! My dad owns a couple of horses and I love the just watch them as well. They’re such giant creatures but the most humble and simple creatures. If only we could strive to better follow their meekness with our Lord.

  • “But that’s orphan living. We are daughter of the King!” Incredible!! So thankful to have a Father that forgives me for my impatience and doubt. “Be still and know that I am God.” Is tattooed on my forearm and it the most beautiful daily reminder to trust and let go…..and yet daily I forget to do just that. Good thing I am no orphan and my Father is the creator of the universe! Thanks for this devotion.

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