Friday, October 3, 2014

Meekness Is Not Weakness

In review of Matthew 5:5 it says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5 NIV)

Bottom Line:
God blesses those who are humble and meek, for they will receive what God has promised.

What this means to me:
When I humble myself and act with meekness, God will bless me and provide what I need to do his will. In order to make healthy choices to be well and whole, I have to learn to be meek. Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (NIV).

The Bible lists many benefits of meekness. For instance: The meek will be satisfied (Psalm 22:26); God will guide them (Psalm 25:9); they will become wise (Proverbs 11:2); they will be filled with fresh joy (Isaiah 29:19).

The problem is with the misunderstanding of the word “meek.” Most really don’t know what meekness is. In fact it is often confused with being “weak.” And nobody wants to be weak, so therefor nobody wants to be meek.

However, meekness and weakness are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Meekness is in no way weakness. In fact the Greek word for meekness literally means “strength under control.” To be meek is not to be weak. It’s used to describe a wild stallion that has been tamed. That stallion still has all the strength it had when it was wild, but now its strength is under control. It is strength bottled up for the master’s use. God doesn’t want you to be weak, but he does want you to be meek. The Bible teaches that it’s one of the keys to stress reduction in your life.

Here’s another simple definition: Let go, and let God. That is the essence of meekness. It is surrendering, submitting, and agreeing to what God wants to do in your life. It’s letting God be God in your life. So, Let go, and let God.

Practice of this phrase will help relieve stress and eliminate worry. If I’ll let go and let God, it will also help defuse anger, hurt and resentment.

Today I will consider what areas of my life that I have not been meek with so that I can surrender control.