“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).
The Man who conquered death describes Himself as “meek.” We simply are not accustomed to thinking of meekness as a virtue, much less that it is associated with spiritual power.
Such a horse can be ridden into the noise and flames of war, allowing itself to be guided by the subtle pressures of the master’s feet or shifts of weight, freeing the warrior’s hands for sword and shield. This horse loves being one with its master.
The blessing of becoming meek is that we keep discovering the joy of doing life with Jesus in charge. C.S. Lewis titled his story “Surprised By Joy,” for no one begins with the idea that God’s ways satisfy our deepest longings.
The “Blessings” of Matthew 5 have an order: We go through things that help us become poor in spirit. Our hurts help us learn to climb into Father’s lap and receive comfort. It begins to take effect, and we become less hard-headed, easier to lead. “Blessed are the meek, for ….” OK, we’re getting it!
This blog series begins with 8-Fold Path: The Way Out of Darkness, and is excerpted from Jerry Daley’s book on the Beatitudes, entitled Following Jesus Into the Blessing.