Read Psalm 37:7-11. 7Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! 8Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. 9For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. 10In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. 11But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
You probably recognize that Jesus quoted verse 11 in his famous Sermon on the Mount. The wicked appear to prosper in this lifetime, but their way will be cut off, no more, not there. So don’t worry about the wicked. Instead be meek. It is the meek who live in shalom. It is the meek that inherit the land.
But have you ever wondered who exactly are the meek?
The meek are those who live by the rule of faith. Not vengeance (8). Not worry (9). Not self-righteousness. The meek easily admit that they fully depend on God alone for salvation. The meek have humbled themselves before the Lord so that he can lift them up.
Does this describe you? It describes Christ. In fact, in the only place in scripture that Jesus described himself, he called himself meek (Matt. 11:29). Christ’s meekness took him all the way to the humiliation and obedience of the cross. And his obedience earned him the earth, and everything in it, as his reward. His inheritance. Now, as Christ lives in us, we are the meek heirs of the entire earth, Kingdom dwellers, sharing in his abundant peace.
To live is Christ is having the inherited meekness of Christ and the inherited universe with Christ.
Prayer. Jesus, you are meek, and that meekness has saved my soul. Let me share in your peace today and everyday as I learn to live by faith in your timing and your ways.
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