Matthew 5:5 Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
When I used to hear the word meek, it made me think of a quiet, mousy, person with no backbone. I definitely didn’t think it was a good thing. Now however I understand that being meek doesn’t mean being timid and weak, but in all actuality it takes a lot of strength. Being meek means having patience, being long-suffering and gentle, and slow to anger. Today’s verse tells us that the meek will inherit the earth. If you look at the first part of our verse it says the meek will be happy and have satisfaction regardless of their circumstances and situations. Psalm 37:11 also says this, but a little differently 11But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to walk in an abundance of God’s peace, that peace that doesn’t make sense; To be able to stand unflappable in the midst of any storm knowing that my God will always come through for me. In order to have that peace we have to learn how to be patient and long-suffering, or enduring in the face of suffering or difficulty. We not only have to learn to endure, but persevere without becoming annoyed or upset. We have to become forgiving of even those who don’t deserve it. In order to grow in the fruit of meekness we have to discipline ourselves. Instead of complaining about our situations, we must put a guard over our mouths. Before we get annoyed because things aren’t going the way we want them to, we must adjust our thinking. Instead of reacting out of anger we have to learn to act out of love. When we become meek in our attitudes and actions, we put ourselves in position to allow God to direct our paths. In Psalm 25:9 we see 9He leads the meek in what is right, and the meek He teaches His way. As we continue to walk in His ways and do things His way, we are able to receive the promise of our eternal inheritance.