Last week I blogged about some turtles, Folksy Phrases About Turtles, that had gathered in the brook that runs through our neighborhood. My wife and I took a Saturday evening stroll and to our surprise, the turtles were still there.
But they weren’t alone.
When we got to the turtles, there was a young family standing on the bridge feeding them. The kids tossed small chunks of bread into the water. The turtles liked it.
So did the ducks.
They were large ducks. When they saw the bread, they quickly went over, pushed their way in, and ate every piece of bread. They were aggressive and selfish.
The turtles were shut out.
“The meek shall inherit the earth.” It’s true. But yesterday evening, the meek went hungry. It was more like, “Blessed are the takers, for they will eat first.”
Actually, the ducks weren’t meek, they were timid and shy. Meekness isn’t weakness, it’s not timidity, but having power under control. Meek people have humility, they are disciplined and selfless. They don’t push. They are considerate even though they can take whatever they want. They choose not to.
Some Meek Ones
Jesus was meek, but not King Herod. David was meek, but not Goliath.
Paul was meek. He asked his friend Philemon to be gentle regarding his run-away slave. For Paul was sending Onesimus back to Philemon to face the consequences. He had run off as a disobedient slave. He went back as a brother in Christ.
How would Philemon respond? He had every right to punish Onesimus. But would he? Paul used meekness, appealing to him on the basis of love. He asked Philemon to take Onesimus back, but not as a slave, but as a forgiven brother.
Meekness isn’t weakness. It takes great strength to be meek. Anyone can be angry, punitive, and vengeful. Meekness is a quality flowing out of the heart of God.
At the core of all mercy, grace, and forgiveness, is a heart of meekness.