When I was younger, my family took a trip to Disney World in Florida. We spent a couple of days at the various parks and had a great time as a family. Each of us had our favorite rides and shows and mine was a show called Lights, Camera, Action! This show consisted of stunt cars, high-speed chases, jet skis, and lots of explosives. The best part about it, though, was that it was all done live. It was like being at an actual movie recording of a high-speed, action-packed car chase!
One of my favorite parts of the show was when the cars disappeared behind the set, only to come speeding out seconds later. The only catch, the car that was being chased was now driving backward at 45mph. The car was being chased and flying through a course at 45mph, in reverse! I remember sitting there being in awe that a driver could be that skilled. I could not comprehend how someone could do this. One of the best parts about the show was that after doing this scene, the director came out and explained to the audience how it was done. He had the driver of the car going in reverse drive the car out. He asked the driver to get out of the car and when he got out we realized that this was a special stunt car. The body of the car was put on backward, to make it look like the car was going in reverse, when in actuality, it was going forward. My mind was blown. I had not even considered that as an option.
Today, as we continue in our series on the beatitudes, I want to take you to Matthew 5:5 which says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” To be meek is to be quiet, gentle, easily-imposed on, or submissive. It is not necessarily something that is valued in our world today. To be “successful” in the world today means that you are imposing, aggressive, and assertive. To be meek is counter-cultural. One could say that to be meek seems backward or not making sense. It is like driving a car backward at 45mph. It does not make sense.
In the Kingdom of God, the meek will inherit the Earth. It is the meek who are successful in the sight of God, not the aggressive and assertive. At times, being meek may feel like you are driving in reverse. However, in God’s economy, when you are following His commands, even if the world thinks you are going in reverse, like the stunt car in the show, you are going in the direction you were designed to go.
When I was in high school, I was given a picture of meekness like a football player holding a baby. It portrayed immense power and strength held in check for the sake of the baby. To be meek is not to be lacking strength, but to hold it in for the proper times, not lashing out or “putting others in their place.” We need to leave that to God, the Just Judge (1 Peter 2:23).