“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
To accompany our verse this week, I have linked a chapter in 1 Samuel that shows a perfect example of meekness when it comes to David and Saul.
To give a brief background, Saul was controlled by his jealousy of David. David succeeded in every mission that Saul gave him (1 Samuel 18:5 ). Instead of Saul praising the Lord for blessing him with David, he became very jealous of the admiration David was receiving from fellow soldiers and people. With anger and jealousy ruling in his heart, Saul set out to murder David.
David was forced to run for his life, climb out of windows, live in caves, act mentally insane, and much more. He was living a fugitive life for doing absolutely nothing wrong. To me, this would give enough ammunition to defend myself against the person who was hunting me. After all, Saul was the one who started it!
But, when the opportunity presented itself in 1 Samuel 24, David refrained and took only a piece of Saul’s robe. I don’t know about you, but I would think about doing much worse to someone who is hunting to kill me! Even then, David was so “conscience-stricken”, he confessed to Saul what had happened. There was one thing holding David back from seeking vengeance: The Lord’s command.
The Lord’s command forbid David to lay a hand on Saul. We see in verse 4 that David’s commanders were looking to distort the word from God by saying, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” (verse 4). Often times, we will see this play out in our own lives. We will hear a direct commandment from God and then Satan will begin to distort it. Don’t be fooled, friends. Blessings flow from obedience. Plain and simple.
In this instance, David practiced meekness by obeying the Lord. In Greek, the term meek is defined as “a happy medium of two extremes.” Another definition is, “domesticate a wild animal.” These two connotations give us the same result: under God’s control. We are to be submissive under the commands and direction of the Lord. When we are in the middle of two extremes, we live a content and God-controlled life. This is what ultimately brings inheritance of this earth. Not the outwardly possessions the world brings, but the inner peace that breeds from submission to our Creator.
To practice self-control can be extremely difficult. Yet, we have a Savior that was meek in His Spirit, and we have access to that same Spirit inside our hearts. It’s easy to strike back when someone strikes you first. It’s easy to make sure you prove your point and show the other person is wrong. It’s easy to yell when you’re angry or throw a fit when you’re frustrated. That’s easy.
What it is difficult is channeling meekness. You can be angry without outbursts. You can forgive without needing to hear “I’m sorry”. You can let go of circumstances that are out of control. You ultimately lead a calm and peaceful life when you are under the Lord’s power. True meekness is the ability to trust that everything will be revealed in it’s own time and vengeance belongs to the Lord.