One of the attributes of God’s people is that of meekness or humbleness.
In today’s world being meek or displaying a humble heart is often seen as a weakness. It’s used as a derogatory word meaning that one who is meek displays the characteristics of being weak or indecisive.
But with God this is not how it is. Meekness or humbleness isn’t a sign of weakness but a sign of faith. It refers to the character of someone who relinquishes their own strength and takes up the weapons that God has provided. There are times when we can feel strong and we are strong. There are times when we feel weak but we are still strong. Not of ourselves but because God is fighting for us.
In the Beatitudes Jesus tells us that the meek or humble will inherit the earth.
5 Blessed are the humble, for they will inherit the earth.Mt 5:5 (CSB)
This is not a unique concept or theme in the Bible. Psalm 37 also reminds us of this.
11 But the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.Ps 37:11 (CSB)
For good measure a promise of abundant prosperity is included!
Also in the Old Testament Jehoshaphat declared before the Lord:
12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we are powerless before this vast number that comes to fight against us. We do not know what to do, but we look to you.2Ch 20:12 (CSB)
What an example of faith is given by that phrase ‘We do not know what to do, but we look to you.’! We can define this meekness and display it in our lives by thinking of it this way:
Meekness is having a bigger view of God than the view we have of ourselves.
Beware the meek!