What does it mean to be meek? The unbelieving world would say it is just another word for the kind of weakness that leads others to walk all over you like a door mat. But God’s Word says something quite different:
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Meekness, which you can also call humility, is a gift from God that begins with trust in God. It is not weakness. It is strength that transcends the physical. The Old Testament identifies Moses as a man who possessed this quality.
Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. (Numbers 12:3)
I don’t think anyone would seriously consider Moses—who boldly declared to Pharaoh, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Let my people go’”—to be a “weak” man who allowed others to trample on him like a divine door mat. Moses trusted in God, and in utter meekness he allowed God to use him as the deliverer of Israel. When Moses went before Pharaoh, he went in the strength of the Lord, speaking only the words God had given him to speak. He went in utter weakness and humility. And what was the result? God used meek Moses to overthrow the wealthy, powerful, arrogant Pharaoh.
The story of Moses gives you and I some insight into what we can accomplish when we trust in God. At first, it may seem difficult! When God first spoke to Moses out of the burning bush, Moses did not believe he was the right man to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. Recall that Moses was forced to flee Egypt because he tried to save his people in his way and in his own strength. So God sent Moses to the back side of the desert for 40 years to prepare him to serve God in humble dependence.
Moses went from trusting in his wisdom to trusting in the wisdom of God . . . from trusting in his strength to trusting in the strength of God . . . from trusting in his plan to trusting in God’s plan. And this could only happen through the gift of meekness.
You see, God doesn’t need our wisdom, our strength, or our plans to accomplish His purposes in this world. He only needs willing servants who will trust Him even when we cannot trace Him. The great “I Am” called Moses and He is calling you and me to surrender complete control of our lives to Him. That is meekness. That is humility. That is the only way we will find meaning, significance, and purpose on this side of the grave.
Blessed are the meek, for they are the ones God will use to expand the cause of His kingdom, regardless of the obstacles we face. May that be the confession of our lives!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!