It’s called a Percheron and I rode one this summer on a trail ride with several of my family members. Not this particular one but one like it. Initially when I saw this large horse I took it as a compliment. I thought to myself “hey look, I got the biggest horse. They must think I am a stud.’ Until one of our trail guides said to me, ” Don’t worry he is a very gentle horse we often let the children ride it”. Oh, the burst my bubble. Just like he said this giant of a horse was very mild and meek.
Often when we hear the words of Jesus “Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the kingdom of God” we think he is talking about some weak little person who everyone runs over. But I believe that is not what Jesus meant at all. The word for ‘meek’ here actually can be translated humble and it’s origin comes from an animal that has been broken or brought under control. A Percheron is a powerful horse often used to pull wagons yet gentle enough for a child (or me) to ride. Wow! What a true picture of meekness. It is strength under control. Let me share with you what meekness is or does.
Meekness rest in the promises of God.
Meekness trust in God’s plan.
Meekness seeks the good of others and God’s kingdom.
A great scripture on this is Psalms 37:1-11. In this scripture David encourages us to trust in the Lord and do good. He also encourages us not to get distracted from that when those who do evil seem to win or get ahead. Why? Because in the end the meek will inherit the earth Psalms 37:11. Meekness is entrusting our hearts and lives to God and submitting to His word and will despite the circumstances we might find ourselves in. This truly exhibits strength.
It takes strength to forgive and bless others when we have been mistreated.
It takes strength to stay in a difficult marriage in obedience to God.
It takes strength to serve in the church while being criticized.
It takes strength to do things right even when doing things the wrong way would move us ahead in this life quicker.
But listen again, ‘Blessed are the meek (mild, patient, long-suffering) for they will inherit the earth”. Matthew 5:5 (Amplified) Remember meekness is not weakness rather it is an attitude of an obedient humble heart before God waiting to see the promises of God fulfilled and those who are meek will inherit the earth.