“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Mt. 5:5:5)
Meek is not a word that’s used much these days. And if it is, it is almost never used in a positive way. Culturally speaking, being meek is seen as being a pushover, being weak, being spineless. Which, in all honesty, is the exact opposite of what meekness is really all about.
Meekness is about being humbly submissive, which is probably part of the problem. Nobody wants to be submissive to anyone these days, particularly to God. As a wise saint once said: “Meekness toward God is a disposition of spirit in which we accept his dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting.” Thus, being submissive takes strength and courage and patience and wisdom and fortitude. You have to have tons of backbone to be submissive; it is not easy.
Jesus knew that. That’s why he said that the meek are blessed, because the meek are wise enough and strong enough and courageous enough to submit their plans and their agendas and their wills to the will of God—the one who made them. The meek recognize the created order and the magnificence of the One who created them. Their lives are about glorifying God, not about glorifying, or gratifying, themselves.
When we submit to God, we submit to the Spirit, instead of trying to be the Spirit. We stop managing and controlling and hijacking and manufacturing and steering and directing, and we start listening and waiting and watching and praying and paying attention. We stop trying to constantly grab the wheel and simply trust God instead. We let God lead. For the price of submitting is indeed high, but the price of non-submitting is higher still—our soul.
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