by Terry J. Hallock

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Meekness (3 of 8)
Series: The Attitudes that Bless: The Beatitudes
Terry J. Hallock
Matthew 5:5
October 1, 2000

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."

In the third beatitude Jesus turns the world's system on its ear, for He proclaims that those who will inherit the earth will not be the mighty but the meek.

We have a young tree planted in the back yard of our Parsonage home. It is a seedling one of our daughters got many years ago during an Arbor Day celebration at school. It has grown to about four feet in height but is still very young. When the fierce winds and storms of the Illinois prairie come and beat upon it one of God's eternal truths is clearly revealed. That young tree survives those storms by bending with them, not by fighting against them. When the wind blows hard from the west it doesn't turn into it but bends with it. It is in total submission to its Creator and the forces of His nature. It knows what it is and it accepts its place in God's divine plan. Its strength comes not from its size but from its surrender. Its victory comes not from its might but from its meekness. As long as its roots stay deep in God's soil and it remains capable of bending with the wind of His will it will survive and thrive.

"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Meekness is not weakness! When literally translated, the Greek word for "meek" means "gentle and easy". The young tree in our back yard is meek but it is not weak. It is simply gentle and easy. It recognizes that it will gain nothing by bracing itself against the wind but by bending and bowing with the wind. A spiritually meek person does exactly the same. Jesus was meek but He was not weak. He knew exactly who He was and why He was here. Yet He did not seek to fight the will of God's wind. He kept Himself rooted in the love of God and moved easily and gently through life never swaying from His appointed course. When the will of God's winds blew in the directi ...

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