Does Being Meek Make Me Weak?
What does it mean to be meek?
I’ll be honest; I wasn’t too sure before this week. I have been reading The Blessing of Humility by Gary Bridges, and learned a lot from the chapter about being meek.
At first glance, meekness makes me think of being passive or timid. Those are definitely not characteristics that are admired in our culture. Everyone wants to be seen as self-sufficient and tough. This seems to be especially true for single women. We’ve spent so long trying to prove that we are strong and independent, that we shudder at the thought of appearing weak or worse, needy.
However, weak and meek are far from the same thing. Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” The type of meekness that is being referred to here isn’t related to being weak, passive or timid. It has to do with allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.
We must allow an attitude of meekness to change the way we related to God, and the way we live our lives day to day.
Having an attitude of meekness toward God involves spending time in his word, and acknowledging his provision in our lives.
As we spend time in God’s word we will come to understand how much we need salvation. In today’s culture, we spend a lot of time telling people to love themselves and realize their value. This can create a false sense that we have done something to earn salvation or are in some way deserving of salvation (Romans 3:23).
While everyone is valuable, and should realize that, it is far more important that we understand how far we have fallen short of God’s standards. Our sin is so ugly to God, and prevents us from being able to share in his kingdom for eternity.
It’s easy to rationalize the sin in our lives by comparing ourselves to others and saying, “Well at least I’m not as bad as her.” However, we all desperately need the gift of salvation. There is nothing that we could ever do to earn it or deserve it (Romans 3:10).
Having an attitude of meekness means that we are sensitive to God’s word. We not only read and hear his words, but we allow them to penetrate our thoughts and affect our actions.
The second way we can have an attitude of meekness toward God is by acknowledging God’s provision in our lives.
God is in control of all creation. He uses his creation to accomplish his purposes in the world. This would be terrifying if we worshipped a selfish, power hungry God whose only goal was to promote himself. This is not the case though! God loves us like a father! He wants only good things for his children (Luke 11:10-13). God’s plans are higher than ours, and his ways are always better than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
I don’t know about you, but I have some pretty amazing dreams and plans for my life. It’s incredible to think that God’s plans are better than anything we could ever imagine for ourselves. He loves us too much to give us anything less than the best! If we trust him with our lives and follow his commands he will lead us (Proverbs 16:9)!
Does this mean that the Christian life will always be easy and go just the way we want and that there won’t be difficulty in our lives? Of course not! God does not promise a smooth ride. John 16:33 says, “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” What an amazing promise!
God is not blind to our troubles; instead he offers to walk through our troubles with us. This means that we can have hope in all circumstances because we know that God is using even the difficult things to bring up closer to him.
If we have an attitude of meekness we will be able to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). You don’t have to be thrilled about the circumstances themselves, but you can be thankful knowing that God is using all things to make us more like him.
In difficult times we can cling to verses like Hebrews 13:5 and know that we are not alone even though we are going through difficult circumstances.
Having a meek spirit will lead us to a place where we can say we would rather go through difficult times and become more like Christ, than bypass difficulty and remain the same.
Just a moment of raw honesty here, I’m not sure I’m at that place. I’d like to be, but I don’t think I’m there yet. If God were to tell me I’d be single for the rest of my life, but he would use the singleness to make me more like him, I’m not sure I’d jump at the opportunity.
I still want what I want. I’m still selfish and try to make things go my own way. Do you ever have the same feelings?
When I feel this way it tells me that I don’t really understand God. If we really understood God and grasped his goodness and his love for us, we would never question his ways. The good news is, we have been given the Bible. If we make spending time in scripture a priority in our lives, we will learn more about the character of God and understand him better.
I truly believe that if we develop a spirit of meekness and seek to know God, he will reward us. God is not trying to hide from us. He wants us to be close to him, to know him and understand him. All we have to do is reach out.