Lent – Day 3 – The Meek Inherit the Earth
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
“But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalm 37:11
There is an important fact that distinguishes true believers from those who only claim knowledge of Jesus. Here’s the question. Do you know of the Lord or do you know Him? People can know of (know something about) a lot of people, but many or even most of them they know of they don’t really know. Actors, politicians, news media personalities, even ministers and other public figures are thought to be known by many people because they are familiar faces to them as a result of their frequent public appearances and the popularity of their performances. But, of the millions who know of them there are few who know them.
Likewise, Jesus is not only known of by those who follow Him, but He is known by all of us, who trust in and follow after Him; known in the same way a trusted spouse, a child, a friend or family member is known by their spouse, their parent, their family relation, or their friend, because of the intimate nature of our relationship with Him. So, we don’t have to equivocate or be uncertain about matters He has clearly taught and demonstrated to us.
On the matter of meekness Jesus is very clear. We know His attitude about this. The braggadocios, the prideful, the arrogant and haughty, the rich who refuse to acknowledge God, amassing wealth by the cunning of the devil and all those who are the antithesis of the meek will not have a place in His Heavenly Kingdom on the earth now and certainly not in the world to come, but even here and now the Word declares that the wealth of the sinner will come to the righteous.
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” Proverbs 13:22
Now, meekness is not synonymous with weakness or softness as it relates to being indecisive and easily swayed one way or the other in matters of the Word of God. It is rather, a quality of character that chooses to be humble in the face of pride, confident without boasting, and strong without domination, manipulation or bullying others. The meek are like Jesus in that they make themselves of no reputation, seeking not the approval of men, but are ardent and unmoved in their commitment to God, seeking His approval only.
Those who are meek are characterized by a quiet and steady disposition, recognizing their desperate need for the Lord Jesus Christ, for salvation, for truth, for hope, for His grace, mercy and love. They are confidently dependent on Him without fear, without wrath or doubting.
The meek are not seeking great wealth, power or influence over others. They do not seek to dominate or rule over anyone or anything, but these things are often granted to them because they cannot be swayed by them to the right or to the left. They are by virtue of their wealth God’s ministers to minister to the poor and impart blessings to the needy. He makes them rich and He is pleased when they enjoy the fruit of their labor and their blessing. This was God’s plan for all His people to live in the world. And many in the household of faith are enjoying His Kingdom here on earth. They make no claim to their importance but always and in everything they lift up the Lord and worship Him as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, God Provider, God Healer, God The Victor over death, hell and the grave.
The meek are content in whatever circumstance they find themselves, in plenty or in want. Their circumstance at any given time does not dictate the attitude of their hearts, only their faith and trust in God.
The meek shall inherit the earth because they can be trusted to steward it without becoming puffed up because of it. Their one true and overarching desire is to please God and to do His will above all else.
The way of the meek is to know and live the way of the Lord Jesus Christ, to seek Him, to know Him, to hear Him, to follow Him and obey Him, to love and most importantly to know that they they are loved by Him.
The earth becomes their inheritance because their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
“He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” Psalm 112:7