We have been looking at how God’s Kingdom should manifest in a maturing believer in the Beattitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). Last time we saw that God comforts those who mourn and lament over their sin, and those who suffer loss as a result of keeping the faith.
Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Sometimes, people confuse humilty with meekness. We looked at humility with the lesson on the poor in spirit.
Scriptural meekness is best defined as “quiet strength;” It is standing firm in God’s truth and righteousness, regardless of what the world around you is doing. Psalm 37 has much to say about being meek. In fact, this beattitude comes directly from Psalm 37:11. I will here summarize what we can learn from this Psalm.
First, do not fret over the apparent prosperity of the evildoers, of those who follow the world system rather than God’s righteous ways. They may be prospering for the moment, but in the end they will be cut down. One day, all will stand before God in judgment, and their end will not be a happy one.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him… Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret – it only causes harm. (37:7, 8) A short time later in the Sermon on the Mount, from which the Beattitudes come, Jesus warns us not to judge others, to forgive, to love even our enemies, and to not worry (fret). All of this extends from meekness as taught in Psalm 37.
Modern medicine has proven the Bible to be true in this. If we worry a lot, stress out easily, hold a grudge, and such, it is harmful to our health. When we fret or hold anger concerning evildoers and their schemes, it can affect our mental state as well as our health. It can and WILL keep us in bondage.
One thing I have noticed when I look at my Facebook feed is that many times people are holding onto anger at what is happening in the world today. I don’t mean they are just identifying and exposing the evils, and praying about them or seeking ways to spiritually fight them, which is a godly approach. Rather, they fret. You can hear it in every comment they make, every article they write.
The current world system belongs to the devil, and he is going to do what he is going to do. While certainly there is a place for righteous anger at the evils going on, at the same time we need to make sure that said anger does not become a stronghold that keeps us in bondage.
Jesus came to set us free from every worldly bondage, including this. We find this freedom by resting in Him.
Jesus certainly expressed anger during His time on earth – witness the cleansing of the temple because of the moneychangers. But His anger was more expressed toward those who pervert the Word of God and those who used religion as a way to make money in ungodly ways. He rarely directly addressed the faults of world system, other than to say that Satan was the god of this age.
In fact, when the world system (which the ungodly religious leaders followed) came to arrest Him and kill Him, Jesus went peacefully. He stood strong in God the Father, and died with forgiveness on His lips for His persecutors. Quiet strength! Not fretting over the evildoers! Standing firm in the Truth without compromise, even to the death! That is meekness.