There is no section in the Bible that gave me more trouble in my memorization efforts than the Beatitudes. Simple in their wording and formation, there was just something about them that always presented trouble. Perhaps, as I recall, it wasn’t necessarily the wording that I couldn’t grasp, it was the implication.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” – NIV
Do you know the definition of meek in the dictionary: cowed submissiveness, mildness or extremely docile. It is not that these characteristics are in anyway negative, it is just that these adjectives are not exactly associated with an independent adult that our society cultivates. Who wants to be defined as meek? Who wants it said of them that they are always in a state of cowed submissiveness?
It is a simple fact; our culture rejects meekness and considers it all but a weakness. The irony in this entire issue is that it takes incredible strength to be meek by Jesus’ definition. I read somewhere that Greek experts say this word “meek” is the same word used for horses that have been broken. They have submitted themselves to the master’s will.
God is calling us to lay down our rebellion. In the end, we can trust God that meekness wins.