What comes to mind at the word ‘meek’? For me, I’ve always thought of the word ‘small’ or ‘insignificant’ even. Like a meek little mouse … that get’s squashed with just a simple swat of a broom! NOT who I EVER wanted to be!!
And yet, God’s Word paints a different picture of what meekness brings. Psalm 37:11 tells us:
“But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.”
Not at all like the squashed little mouse!
Funny how HIS Word changes our perspective of EVERY word. Even a little word like ‘meek’.
This unexpected shift in perspective caused me to want to dig deeper, so I looked up the meaning of meek.
Meek: 1. Characterized by patience (Hmm, ok, yes, that sounds good and biblical) AND long-suffering (Ooh! Ouch! There’s that picture of the squashed little mouse in my mind again – eek! Let’s move on…). 2. Deficient in spirit and courage (um, ‘deficient’, THAT does NOT sound good! . . . Or does it? Does not ‘patient’ and ‘long-suffering’ and ‘deficient in spirit and courage’ put us right where we need to be — on our knees, dependent on God?!)
Let me ask you, have you ever felt a lack of spirit or courage? How about long suffering – ever endure that?
I sure have!
But that is not the crucial question here. What we really need to ask ourselves is this: have I felt peace while in those places in my life?
I admittedly often have not. But why?
When I take an honest look at those trying times where peace has eluded me, I can clearly see it is NOT my natural reaction to respond with meekness. No. I tend to want to rear my ugly head (yes, let’s be honest, it’s ugly sometimes the way we respond to suffering and fear) and, instead of acting ‘small’, I react ‘big’ — “YOU will NOT defeat ME!!” And I cling to the end of my rope with every last ounce of self-strength I have left.
See? Not a pretty picture is it?
It’s OK, you can admit it’s not, I know. BUT, God has been teaching me a little something about meekness through my one word this year. Something that Lysa TerKeurst puts very well:
“…hidden within that smallness is a gift — one that will yield wisdom you can’t get any other way . . . It is in these humble places where we experience the quiet nurture, the holy unfolding, the deep stirrings that draw us closer to the heart of God.” (from “Encouragement for Today”)
Oh how the enemy brings deception into the hearts of women everywhere on this topic of meekness to keep us from the heart of God!
Yes, while meek may = weak in the eyes of the world, truthfully meek is strong because it is centered in the only true strength there is – the strength found in and from God!
So, sweet sisters in Christ, may I encourage you today with this knowing that meek does not have to be that easily squashed little mouse. No. Meek can be and IS a woman of God!
And God nudged, “Let go of that rope. Surrender to Me. Be meek! And THEN you will find and have MY peace in all things.”
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Lord, thank You for Your patience and truth that brings about a shift in perspective in our hearts. Teach us to be less self-dependent and more YOU-reliant. Remind us, when we go to grab that rope, that peace only comes when we surrender to meek. In Jesus’ name, amen.