The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” (Psalms 37:11 ESV)

““Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5 ESV)

Meekness is not weakness; it is power under control.

“The meek do not rail against the Lord in their persecution. They might not understand why something has happened to them—it is hard to understand how God’s love and our own suffering coexist—but the meek don’t demand answers. Instead, they trust God because of who he is, what he has said, and what he has done. They wait. They walk before the Lord in humble obedience. They know his ways can sometimes be veiled, but there is much they do know. For example, they know that the persecuted meek will inherit the earth, the Lord will be their stronghold, and they will see the legacy of the wicked perish.

Jesus is not just identifying those who know shame in this beatitude, he is guiding them. Most shamed people know poverty of spirit. You don’t have to learn that. And you certainly know about mourning. But meekness might not describe you. Instead, you might insist on understanding rather than trust. Your questions to God might verge on the angry and accusing rather than the submissive. Maybe you aren’t shaking your fist at the Lord, but you don’t exactly trust him. Our instinctive response to shame is to take matters into our own hands. We withdraw; we self-protect.”

Welch, Edward T. (2012-04-30). Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection (p. 145-146). New Growth Press. Kindle Edition.

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