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Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. (George Herbert)
Family News
24 May 2019

Jesus calls those who live for His kingdom to demonstrate His character: ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.' (5:5). Meekness can come over as being ‘weak or feeble', hence ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild.' However, the Greek word means being tamed: ‘Blessed are those who are tamed, under control.' The picture is that of a horse brought under control: strength under submission. Meekness begins with an honest view of ourselves, where we don't have to worry about what others think of us, but trust in what God is able to do in us.
Moses is described as ‘very meek, more than all men that were on the face of the earth' (Numbers 12:3, RSV). Moses was certainly not a weak leader, but he submitted to God's plans for his life. Meekness accepts what comes, even if it hurts, knowing that it's for our good.
A meek person will tame themselves to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who shows us how to respond in any situation practically and prayerfully. It means being careful about how we respond to those who provoke us by not being angry or striking out. When we encounter difficult situations or people who wind us up, how are we prepared to pray before speaking? We should not be out of control, but under God's control!
Let's not forget the promise of this beatitude, that the meek person will ‘inherit the earth.' Those who are prepared to let go their rights in this world, will be made infinitely rich in the future.
‘The meek man 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.' (AW Tozer).