BLESSED ARE THE MEEK
The word "meek" in this verse means "humble." Being humble does not mean giving up our rights, cowardice, judgmental attitude, meanness, vengeance, or pridefulness. Jesus gave several illustrations in the gospel on how to walk in humility. In reference to prayer, Jesus said, "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues (religious meeting place for the Jews) and on the street corners to be seen by men. Trully I tell you, they have already have their full reward." (Matthew 6:5). In reference to helping the needy, Jesus said, "So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men, truly I tell you, they already have their full reward." (Matthew 6:2). Finally, Jesus summarized everything by saying, "All their deeds are done for men to see..." (Matthew 23:5). Although the Pharisees received praises from men that was their full rewards. But they never received God's blessings in their lives.
Jesus also gave us a parable (story) of avoiding judgmental attitude to others: "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector (corrupt official). I fast (not eating for religious discipline) twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified (accepted) before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." (Luke 18:10-14).
God wants us to walk in humility before Him and others. As we walk in humility, God then blesses us (this is in reference to inheriting the earth). To walk in humility means we need to tell the truth and walk in truth, even when it's uncomfortable. If we want God's blessings in our lives, let us walk in humility before God and others.
Ask yourself these questions: What is meekness? How does Jesus want us to live our lives? What happens when we walk in humbleness?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you for teaching me what it means to walk in humbleness before you and others. Please forgive me if I have not been walking in humility. Please help me walk in humility today to honor your name and receive your blessings upon my life. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.