Blogging through the Alphabet ~ M for Meekness

 

Welcome to week 13 of Blogging Through the Alphabet!   This is we are sharing the letter “M” and I admit I was quite torn as to what my topic would be but then I heard this little quote that solved my conundrum!  It said this:

“The ceaseless chagrin of a self-centered life can be removed at once by learning Meekness and Lowliness of heart. He who learns them is forever proof against it. He lives henceforth a charmed life.”

– Henry Drummond
I have to say, for a long time when I thought of the word “meek” I pictured someone who is rather abused, unseen, neglected by the world, beat down, never standing for anything or anyone (especially themselves). Yet this is so far from the truth of this word. While it may seem to many to bed such a weak and powerless word, when truly understood it is so very powerful!
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According to Strong’s Concordance, Biblical meekness is not weakness at all but rather it refers to exercising God’s strength under His control – “demonstrating power without undue harshness.”   It notes that the English term “meek” often lacks this blend – i.e. of gentleness (reserveand strength.
Psalm 37:11 says, “The meek shall possess the land, and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.” In the Greek Old Testament the words of Psalm 37:11 are almost identical with Matthew 5:5 which reads, “The meek shall inherit the land.” The word for “land” in Greek and Hebrew means “earth.”
If we are meek, as He calls us to be, then we trust God. The know that He SHALL work for our good; we know that we already have the victory. Biblical meekness is rooted in the knowledge that God is for us and.  Because of this we are committed to Him.  The Hebrew word for “commit” means to “roll.” If we are truly exercising meekness, we know that God is faithful  and therefore we will not be moved—our struggles, financial, family, burdens, health, whatever struggles we face—we cast them unto the Lord because we know that He is true and just. We know the God will sustain us and be with us through any storm we find ourselves in.  Thus we are able to be still. We wait patiently, quietly, for His voice to direct our steps.
As we have been learning in the Book of James as a family this year, I am reminded of a verse that, at first glance, didn’t move me yet later really hit me:
James 3:17: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle,easy to be entreated…full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy…”
Did you catch that too? The wisdom from above (His wisdom) is pure, and peaceable and gentle (meek)…..
Are we meek? As teachers and as students? Is our heart and our mind seeking His wisdom? A pure wisdom?
Are we, as James 1:19 says “… swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath …. “
“Gentle Jesus, meek and mild…..In Thy gracious hands I am;
Make me, Savior, what Thou art… I shall then show forth Thy praise,
Serve Thee all my happy days; Then the world shall always see….Christ in me.”
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