“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
With the appearance of January 1st comes many new year’s resolutions. I’m guessing getting our bodies fit and strengthened ranks high on the list. Many are even into body building sagging muscles into chiseled bulked up muscle. The apostle Paul redirects our focus when we read Ephesians 3:16.
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might
by his Spirit in the inner man…”
It’s time to strengthen our inner being, our spirit, by exercising the strength of the meek. That’s right. Meekness is strength not weakness. It is the strength to do what’s right in the right attitude when wronged or suffering the trials of life.
The apostle Peter gives us a good example of the meek.
- be ye all of one mind,
- having compassion one of another,
- love as brethren,
- be courteous;
- Not rendering evil for evil,
- or railing for railing:
- but contrariwise blessing;
- knowing that ye are thereunto called,
- that ye should inherit a blessing.” 1Peter 3:8-9
The easy thing to do when wronged is to get even. My grandkids and I often played pranks on one another. They thoroughly loved “getting Grandma.” While they stood laughing, I’d come alongside with a sly smile and a twinkle in my eye and say, “You never know when. You never know how. But you know it’s coming.” It took them some years before they realized those words were my way of repaying their tricks. Rarely did I follow through with anything but my words kept them watching. It was a fun game but not a good witness of meekness.
Meekness reveals itself in self-control based on faith in God who rights all wrongs against his children and promises his highest good for us – his blessing.
“But the LORD is my defence;
and my God is the rock of my refuge.”
“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God
to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
And to you who are troubled rest with us,
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed
from heaven with his mighty angels.”
2 Thessalonians 1:6-7
When trials of life or testing come our way, the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for forty years provide a good example of the lack of meekness. Their grumbling and railing against God evidenced their deficient trust in the word and power of God. This one generation failed to receive the inheritance of the land and all the good things God had promised. Only two trusted and received his blessing of inheritance.
God’s highest good comes in our inheritance and only the meek receive it.
“Knowing that of the Lord
ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:
for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
“being justified by his grace,
we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life.”
You might think this inheritance benefits us after we die. Truth tells us we inherit a land, a kingdom. That kingdom lives in our heart for as the children’s song says, “The King has his residence there.” What belongs to the King we have inherited and one day we will live in the fulfillment of our eternal inheritance. For today –
Ephesians 1 tells us all things will be gathered as one in Christ
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…”
I encourage you to read all of Ephesians chapter 1 and count the blessings of the meek – those who have found peace with God and peace in the trials of life. It may not add to your physical stature but it will definitely build spiritual muscles. Join the ranks of the meek and be blessed with your inheritance.