We are in the middle of a study on the Beatitudes, which is part of Jesus’ longest recorded sermon. It is in this sermon that Jesus begins to describe the traits He is looking for in His followers. He said that God blesses those who live out these traits. I do not know about you, but when Jesus is pretty clear on what He is looking for I want to listen. We pick up on the third Beatitude that He mentions in Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Now, I am very much a feeler. It is part of the way I was designed. I feel everything in life. It can be from music, the tone of someone’s voice, to the sudden death scene in a movie. I relate everything to how it makes me feel and I sometimes have a hard time expressing myself with words. My wife is very much the opposite. She is logical, put together, and the smartest woman I know.
Therefore, I logically looked at the word “meek” and it was not sinking into my mind. So I asked the smartest woman I know. What do you know? She spit out the literal definition of “meek” from Google. Then she said it reminded her of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. It is the part where she gets to the end of the movie and describes herself to the man behind the curtain as small and meek. So naturally, I tried to remember when I saw that movie last and realized I had no idea. It was another dead end for me. Then a few moments later it all clicked. My wife started humming the song silent night because she thought the word meek was in the song. (She was mistaken. She is human!) All of the sudden, I could feel the word meek just by singing a few lines from that song.
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
I was able to feel the quiet, gentle spirit behind the song. It is a song reminiscent of church, Christmastime, and singing while we lit candles in church. The feeling of peace and stillness came over me. It was the feeling like almost everything was standing still in time. The defining feeling of meekness is just that: a quiet, gentle, and humble spirit. Meekness is a trait in which some of us possess naturally, and others, like my loud self, do not naturally possess but we can develop. Look at Matthew 11:27-30:
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
We can develop a meek spirit through Jesus Himself. It says in verse 28 to come to Jesus and He will give us rest. When you think of the concept of rest, it often requires a quiet, peaceful moment. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God. When you find rest in God, you are able to extend that same rest – the quiet, humble, and gentle spirit to other people. Being able to approach life with a calm faith, humility before God, and hope in His deliverance brings freedom. Then you will enjoy great peace as the Bible says! That, my friends, is a trait Jesus is looking for in his followers.
“But the meek shall inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.”