In Matthew 5 Jesus proclaimed, “Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.” He was quoting a psalm of David. This was David’s heart understanding and motivation. David was a man after God’s own heart. He demonstrated this belief when he came against the giant Goliath. Israel needed a champion to fight against the giant Goliath, who was a champion of the Philistines and an enemy of the people of God. King Saul had said whoever would stand up for Israel against Goliath would be highly rewarded. Everyone was afraid to take on the battle, but David was different. He said he would take the challenge. The reason he was willing was founded on his confidence in God.
Earlier in David’s life, as a shepherd, his flock came under attack from both a bear and a lion. David was able to fight off these evil beasts. He recognized, however, the victory in these situations came because he depended on the Lord. David said, “The God who delivered me from the lion and the bear will deliver me from the giant Goliath.” This demonstrates a meek person. A meek person is not one standing on their strength or abilities, but God’s. The biblical word for meekness is a little different than the modern dictionary definition. We tend to think of a meek person as weak or passive; however, the meek person the Lord is looking for is one who has a confidence in God’s strength, not their own.
The Power of Meekness in Jesus’ Life Too!
The meekness demonstrated by David was also the meekness demonstrated by Jesus Christ, whom the word reveals to be the “son of David.” In Matthew 11 Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and are heaven laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus lived a life of confidence in His Father. This confidence motivated Him to walk in the Father’s purpose, not fighting His own battles, but showing His trust in the power of the Almighty. This confidence required Him to submit to situations that were against Him. Ultimately, this released the power that resurrected Him and brought His great victory over all things.
After His resurrection, Jesus received a name and position that put Him above every name and position, both in heaven and in earth! This was greater than anything possible in the human realm. The supernatural realm opened when He chose to operate in the realm of God. This realm was not a passive one. He firmly declared the word of His Father, even though it offended both the religious and political establishment. Because of His ministry, his admirers would have willingly fought to make Him their King. However, He understood His need to resist the accolades and promotion from people, so He could receive the accolades and promotion of His Father. The walk of meekness is not an easy one according to the flesh. It involves active participation in the affairs of life, yet always distinguishing your position from a human (personal) one and a godly one. This involves a level of maturity the church has not often walked in.
Where Will You Find Your Strength?
Today, our world is one of intense conflict in every realm. God is calling for our involvement, but with a heavenly motivation, not an earthly one. This is what the Apostle Paul addressed with the Corinthian church. In 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 it says, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” We are not supposed to respond as mere men to the world we live in, but as the sons of God. David, although he had the right heart in the beginning, eventually lost out with God. Over time He became “a man of war” rather than “a man of God.” I am sure he felt justified (especially after he had been crowned as the king), or maybe it was simply that he faced the temptation of choice as he moved up the ranks of life. Whatever the reason, he lost his place with God and was unable to reach his greatest heart’s desire—to build a temple for the Lord.
The world we live in today needs a vibrant and alive church to be the salt and light Jesus has called us to be. To truly fulfill that call, we must always remember the word of the prophet Zechariah, to the leader of the people of God, when they were called to rebuild the temple in the time of great hardship and opposition. “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” (Zechariah 4:6-7) Let’s not get tripped up in our abilities or accomplishments; let’s walk in the confidence of His plan and receive a new level of authority and power!