My husband is currently preaching through a sermon series on The Beatitudes, so I thought this would be a good topic for our Tuesday series. Three weeks ago, we began by learning how Jesus set the stage for his sermon. Two weeks ago we studied the first Beatitude and learned what it means to be poor in spirit. (To read, click here .) Last week we examined what it looks like to mourn our sinful state. Today we will move on to Beatitude #3…
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth. ~ Matthew 5:5
Blessed are the meek…
Meekness is usually interpreted as overly submissive or docile. But in this verse, meekness is all about one’s attitude toward God. It is the natural progression as we realize we are completely dependent on Him, and then mourn our rebellion against Him. Meekness says to God, “You are Master, and I am not.”
If we are meek in our relationship with God, our actions and words reflect obedience to Him and trust in Him. Galatians 5:22-23 describes this behavior as the result – or fruit – of a Holy-Spirit led life: “…faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” My husband teaches that faithfulness is showing trust in the Lord only; gentleness is submitting to the Lord’s will in all situations; self-control is laying down selfish desires in order to obey the Lord.
… for they shall inherit the earth.
This is the immediate enjoyment of God’s provision for you as His child. Psalm 37:3 tells us to “delight in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Then, in verse 11: “But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Although it seems as if the ungodly rule the earth, God always provides for and protects his children. As we depend on Him in uncertain times, we can “do good” and “delight… in the abundance of peace.”
In the long-term, to inherit the earth means that believers will be part of the new earth – the cleansed, renewed earth without the corruption of this earth. Until then, we are “strangers and pilgrims” as described in Hebrews 11:13-16. In the end, we will live with God in the “new heaven and new earth” (Revelation 21:1) and enjoy eternity with Him as we joyfully worship our Creator forever.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND MEDITATION:
- Examine your attitude toward God, and your recent obedience (or disobedience) to Him. In which areas do you need to say to Him, “You are Master, and I am not?”
- Read and meditate on Galatians 5: 22-23. Then pray these verses, asking God to grow each fruit in your life, so that others will see God working in you and through you.
- Think about what it will mean to see a “new heaven and a new earth.” For believers, it will be glorious! But for those who do not believe, the experience will be the opposite. “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:7-8). The Holy Spirit works through us to draw unbelievers to repentance and salvation. Who can you reach out to with the Gospel of Jesus Christ today?