The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the neediest people shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. – Isaiah 29:19
I must confess that I’ve always thought of meek as weak.
And I’m a product of my culture. Our modern, Western view casts meekness as a weakness rather than a soaring virtue.
I mean, we ought to know it’s good if Jesus said that “the meek … shall inherit the earth” (Mt 5:5), Isaiah said, “the meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,” and the Psalms say that “the desire of the meek [is] heard [by] God” (10:7).
In the West, we’re more familiar with humbleness – a synonym for meekness – being a good trait. Jesus, after all, humbled himself to come to this earth and die sacrificially upon a cross (see Phil 2:8). Yes, our Savior humbled himself to get down on his knees and wash his disciples’ feet (John 12).
Through the lens of Jesus, we Christians have been conditioned to see humility as strength. But as Westerners, we still often see meek as weak. But think of the alternative. Our typical response when circumstances are out of our control is frustration, bitterness, or anger. The alternative is pushing to regain control – sometimes through violence. Scriptures answer, instead, is meekness. Now, meekness is not resignation nor surrender. It is not passive. Nor is it helpless surrender.
Meekness is, rather, a hopeful, trusting endurance in spite of trying circumstances. A position of meekness – steeled by the confidence that “all things work together for good for those who love God” (Rom 8:28) – is a position of strength even in the face of trials. Meekness perseveres when others give up. Meekness is the confidence of the Apostle in Romans 5:3-5, “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who’s determined
to make meek look strong