Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Meek or Weak?

 11But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 

 Meek or Weak?

Have you ever thought about the truth that the wicked are truly the weak ones in this world? One does not have to live very long to understand that it is much easier to go along with the crowd that to take a stand against what is wrong.

Where, then, does that leave the meek? Somehow it seems to us that it is the meek ones who are weak. We think of the meek person as being one who is too shy to step forth and take a stand on anything, but is that really true?

Look at this definition  of "meek" from the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

1: enduring injury with patience and without resentment : mild. 2: deficient in spirit and courage : submissive. 3: not violent or strong : moderate

We tend to think of definition #2: deficient in spirit and courage, however, look at definition #1: enduring injury with patience and without resentment.

It takes great strength for the meek Christian to endure injury with patience and without resentment. As a matter of fact, it takes the grace of God! We may be able to endure the injury, but it is impossible for us to do so without resentment toward those who do the injury to us.

Yet, God tells us that it is the meek who will inherit the earth. God is certainly not talking about the time in which we now live, is He? The world is overrun with wickedness; as a matter of fact, it seems as though the more wicked one becomes, the more successful he becomes. Our heroes are tainted with a "colorful" side, and in the political arena, we have quickly begun to distance the idea of morality having anything to do with the ability to govern well.

Is God wrong? No! Remember, God is not a creature of time; He sees the whole tapestry from the beginning to the end of time and beyond into eternity. For a little while wickedness is consuming this world, but in the end, it will not be so. A time is coming, indeed is practically at our door steps, when God will reign in and destroy the wicked.

What then? Then, the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. It is definitely worth the wait! What God has promised will certainly come to pass. This world will enter into a time of peace, ruled by the meek who have, by the grace of God, endured the injuries from the wicked with patience and without resentment.

Are we the meek or weak? Pray that God will give you the strength to be gladly counted among the meek.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5, King James Version) [the words of Jesus, from His Sermon on the Mount]

God Bless You,
Linda

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