Once one is able to feel like God feels, to mourn what is not right in ourselves and the world, watering their souls, as it were, with their tears, one begins to live and move in harmony with God. In a nutshell, this is what it means to be meek. Meekness is often associated with weakness. Actually the opposite is true. The well-known illustration of the horse is helpful here. A horse that is not meek but wild and willful is no good for war. A horse that has been trained by fire and will not flinch before the roar of cannon is meek and ready for war and great deeds. We are in a war. If we are not meek, we will chaff when our wills are crossed, dig in our heals, or bolt, and be defeated. If we are meek, we will, like the war horse, move in harmony with God, will not be afraid of the din of chaos around us. We will accept what God gives us each moment as the best that can be for us, and live in gratitude and contentment. I know so very few people who live in true contentment. An old puritan, Jeremiah Burroughs, named one of his books The Rare Jewell of Christian Contentment. This is one of his insights that has stuck with me over the years:

“By knowing their own hears they [the meek] know what they are able to manage and by this means they come to be content. Perhaps the Lord takes away many comforts from them that they once had before, or denies them some things that they hoped to have got. Now by knowing their hearts they know that they were not able to manage such wealth, and that they were not able to manage such prosperity. God saw it, and , a poor soul says ‘I am in some measure convinced by looking into my own heart that I was unable to manage such a condition,’ A man that desires greedily to hold on to more than he is able to manage, and so undoes himself.”

It is clear that Jesus here is picking up on Psalm 37 in this beatitude. A person that is not meek frets and complains, and is therefore darkened to the wonder and beauty of what he does have and that is around him. The earth is not his. On the other hand, the meek embraces what he has, however so little, and lives in profound thankfulness. As the Theological Dictionary of the OT has it, meekness “is the human quality that makes it possible to live in harmony with the world.”

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  1. Its hard to be meek and humble is this chaotic world.

  2. Thanks Tony, for your comment, and welcome to the website. I hear what you are saying. Especially in this season of Lent, where prayer itself becomes synonymous to repentance. For me, meekness seems so far away when I am often afraid and angry “in this chaotic world,” keeping me far from honoring God by living in true faith and trust. May Jesus help us, my friend!

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