The blessing described here is a very enticing one. Those who are meek will one day own it all. All of the earth will be theirs. It will be given to them–not because they are aggressive, strong, self-assertive, conquering heroes, but because of God’s favor toward them. They are becoming more and more gentle, mild, able to control their tempers. Instead of revenge and pay-back, they seek the other’s good and forgive them over and over. It is not that the Christian gives up the authority or position of influence she has or even her natural temperament traits that are characteristic of her family heritage (her DNA), but she does not use any of that to get back at someone who has treated her badly. She does not let the words fly in a quick retort, smashing another just because she dared to disagree. Neither does she use her position with her husband to slander and manipulate other family or church members. Instead, she is patient, putting up with a lot, forgiving again and again. Because she belongs to Christ Jesus, He will give her the earth during his glorious Kingdom. She will possess it as much as if she had been in the conquering army! All the spoils are hers: gold, silver, art, the beauty of nature, lions, bears, dogs. The earth will be hers because God has given her the power to react to others (and to God) mildly, gently, without murmuring or biting back. It warms her heart to think about all this and to bask in God’s promises. She walks with assurance that she is in God’s kingdom, but not with arrogance or presumption because she knows what it is to be poor in spirit and sees her need of a Savior in Christ Jesus.
Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice; seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of His anger (Zephaniah 2:3).
The problem with our churches today is that we have thought that if we just were aggressive enough in reaching out to others, changed out music to fit in with what we were hearing during the week, stopped dressing up, put aside our Bibles and hymnbooks so we didn’t look old-fashioned, and then changed a few things like being more inclusive in our leadership and membership, and next, made it more fun and light-hearted, then people would flock to our services. Anyone who disagreed were quickly put down. A quick stab convinced them to go along with yet another change. Never mind about holding true to the Beatitudes and being dependent on God and gentle and mild. We had to change or die, they said. We all nodded and said, “Okay.” What we lost was being poor in spirit, mourning our disregard for God’s word, and true meekness. We thought it was meek to say, “Okay.” But, that was just giving in to the quick retort of being put down. Oh my. We are not mourning our loss of humility. We have exalted aggression just like other organizations in our culture. And now we have lost assurance of our salvation because we cannot look at our meekness as evidence of God’s grace. Next, we will accept instruction that interprets these Beatitudes to say that there are two classes of Christians, the “carnal” whose character and actions are just like the world’s and the “spiritual” who turn aside from revenge and arrogance.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11: 28-29).
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.) … (Numbers 12:3,8).
Do not let your adornment be merely outward…rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God (I Peter 3:3-4).
Happy, to be envied are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.