January 3 (Matthew 5:5 NIV)
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
The ideal American male is tall, muscular, and is involved in athletics. Football players tend to be the top of that heap. If they excel at the new tradition known as “trash-talking” that’s a plus. These are the men we cheer for. These are the men that get pulses fluttering. These are the he-men, the macho-men whom our culture idolizes. I have no doubt that people in ancient times looked up to their strong men as well. Think about the lists in the books of Chronicles that talked about David’s heroes. In the face of ancient and current society, Jesus reminds us that the meek are the blessed ones.
Today, we think meek means weak. Nothing could be further from the truth. Meekness happens when power is under control. Some have used the picture of a horse that’s been tamed. No one would call such an animal weak. A tamed horse’s power is under control and, because its power is focused, the power becomes even greater. Jesus used this simple life truth to call His followers to learn to control their power.
As followers of Christ, we learn to control our power by drawing closer to God. As we draw closer to God, we recognize that we need to put all of our power in His hands. That doesn’t cause us to become powerless, it instills meekness in our lives and we become far more powerful than we would have been on our own. True power comes when we give it up to God.
As a result, we receive an amazing inheritance: the earth. Inheritances are not deserved, they’re a gift that reveals something about the character of the giver. Our Father God promises us that those who are meek will gain the earth as our inheritance. He’ll entrust the world that He loves so much to us. And, as truly meek children of God, we’ll trust Him to guide us in managing our inheritance.
Lord, I recognize that all things in heaven and on earth are Yours. Help me to take whatever power I think I might have and put it under Your control. Let my meekness testify to Your power.