Day 4

Blessed Are the Meek

from the The Beatitudes reading plan

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

BY Guest Writer

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.


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.

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66 thoughts on "Blessed Are the Meek"

  1. Mari V says:

    This evening I went back to read comments and noticed my mistake.
    I meant to say: I have “what” I need. My apologies. I voice most of my comments and sometimes I don’t go back to reread.

  2. Teresa Donley says:

    TINA, I admire your openness to share this wee’s episode with us. I love how the Lord showed you the reasons why your reaction was not the right one. And I love your repentant heart, and, yes, meekness . ❤️

  3. HL says:

    Thank you for that beautiful reminder @TERESA DONLEY
    The Be Still or silent really spoke to me today.
    It was a reminder that I needed

  4. Teresa Donley says:

    3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act. 6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
    and your justice as the noonday. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
    fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
    over the man who carries out evil devices! 8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
    Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. – Psalms 37:3-8

    I love this Psalm. It gives me a sense of peace, and trust in God. I don’t think of the word, “meek” very often. Probably only when I’m reading it in the Bible. But following these words in Psalms tells me exactly how it is achieved. Trust, commitment, delight, be still. It doesn’t sound so hard. But the psalmist knew these things are contrary to the way our world behaves. So, the psalmist also included some instructions on how to live meekly in a sinful world.
    Fret not, refrain from anger, forsake wrath
    Lord, fill me with Your Spirit so that I can lean on you, to trust, commit, delight and be still; and to also stop fretting, refrain from anger and forsake wrath. I know I can do nothing without you, so I thank You for the Holy Spirit living in me, who transforms me on a daily basis. Amen.

  5. Adrienne says:

    I wanted to share the latest on Leo from his CB site. Please keep praying for his recovery. Thank you.

    “Leo completed his first week of rehab and is a few days into his second week. We expect he will be there at least 2-3 more weeks.  They keep him busy and he is working hard during his therapy sessions.  He has settled into a routine for the most part.  3 hours of therapy almost every day and rest in the evening. 
    Leo is doing better every day. It’s been comforting to watch Leo progress. Especially to see him on his feet and moving around. He is doing really well, we look forward to getting him home in a few weeks.
    I will put an update out on this site at least once a week until he is home.
    Thank you all for your prayers and support.”

  6. Traci Gendron says:

    The devotional was so beautifully written. I’m such a visual person and this spoke to me.

    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.

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