Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)
Meekness is not weakness. We often think of someone who is meek as someone who is naive or a pushover. We imagine depictions of half-forgotten servants in old Hollywood movies or peasants being run down by a thoughtless noble on horseback. But in reality, meekness is a simple state mind and way of carrying oneself that is gentle and unassuming, but in reality shows rock-solid trust in our Savior.
In America, for some reason, we seem to like a person full of bluster. We perceive it as strength. We think it shows confidence and leadership potential. But most of the time it’s an act. Either the person lacks confidence, or the person lacks humility to realize their in over their heads. Either way, it’s bad. Neither trying to fool others or fool oneself are qualities indicative of true leadership.
No wonder Jesus is happy to make those who are meek heirs. Not merely because they’ve been passed over by the pushy, bullied by the brash…but because the meek who love our Lord show such a deep trust that they don’t have to be anxious. They don’t fear being out of control because they rely on the One who’s fully in control.
This past week, I confess, I have been tempted to leave winsome witness behind in the face of the urgencies of this pandemic and the fight against racism. I entertained the thought that I need to be more abrasive if I ever expect to see change in my day. Thank you, Jesus, for reminding me as you remind us all that I have the option to leave everything in your more-than-capable hands.
Omnipotent Father of mercy and grace, may I decrease so you might increase. Amen.