A. W. Tozer wrote, “The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto”
So often today, the Christian value of meekness is overlooked, and often times completely disregarded. Much of this attitude has come about as a result of Christians who misunderstand what meekness really is. In a world that thinks only an aggressive and ambitious person can get ahead in life, it is hard to believe that those who are meek will inherit anything, much less the earth!
Jesus only gave the promise to inherit the earth to one group of people...the meek. It is significant that Jesus said the meek shall “inherit,” not “capture,” the earth. An inheritor is a receiver, not an aggressor. God in his providence has structured the world so that the meek are certain to inherit it.
A meek person is not someone with an inferiority complex. They are quite the opposite. Meekness is a characteristic within a person which creates boldness and strength, yet at the same time causes that person to humbly understand that everything good in him comes from God, not himself.
Jesus was talking about an attitude or an outlook. The meekness He described requires us to be strong people who are grounded in Him. If you think that meekness is hard to develop, you’re right. You can’t tell yourself to be meek and then you automatically become meek. God never intended for us to be able to make ourselves meek. That is not our nature. It demands us to have a personal relationship with God.
So as you live your life, be both bold and strong in your faith while also humble and quiet in your boasting. Be meek… because the reward is great!