In the business or sports worlds, in order to be considered successful, you need to surpass or crowd out your competitors. In military campaigns, it is the army that is most dominant or that takes the most land that is considered triumphant. In the eyes of the world, the person who is the most assertive or who gains the most power is often held in the highest esteem. It’s about the survival of the fittest. It’s about being the last man standing. Apparently, the world belongs to these kinds of people.
But this is not the case when it comes to the kingdom of God. From God’s perspective, the person who is considered blessed is not the most dominant, the toughest or the most powerful. Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek.”
What does it mean to be meek? Other translations of this verse use the word “gentle” or “humble.” The word that Jesus is using is not referring to someone who is weak, soft or unsure of himself. Meekness is not weakness! Rather, meekness means to be someone whose strength or power is under control. Like a wild horse that has been tamed or a raging forest fire that has been contained, it is power or strength that has been reigned in and brought under control.
Does this describe you? To be honest, we likely have all had moments that were anything but meek. It may have manifested itself through an angry outburst, a harsh word, a thoughtless comment made online, or by simply bowling someone over in order to get what we want. This isn’t what God promises to bless.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5 ESV)