This beatitude can be confusing because of the misunderstanding of the word “meek”. Many people think it means weak, tame, or deficient in courage. But the biblical understanding of meekness is “power under control“.
Power under God’s control means two things:
(1) we don’t need to be prideful; and
(2) we don’t need to assert ourselves for our own sake.
Being meek means that we are secure in our own strengths and weaknesses and accept them without trying to portray ourselves in the best light possible. This doesn’t mean that we should deny our strengths and abilities but rather not flaunt them before others so as to gain self importance.
A servant’s heart is the crux of the second aspect of meekness. A servant of God exercises power for the benefit of all people, not just themselves. This aspect of meekness is captured in Psalm 37. It starts in verse 1 with “Do not fret because of those who are evil” and ends with “But the meek will inherit the land” in verse 11. What David (who wrote this Psalm) is saying, is that curbing our urge to avenge the wrongs done against us and rather use our power to serve others, is a trait of meekness and as a result God says those that do that “will inherit the land.”
As believers, this can be challenging, as we put our power to work under God’s control. In our world today it seems as if the aggressive and those that self-promote themselves, are the ones who get ahead. It would appear that the arrogant and powerful seem to win, but in reality they lose. Let me tell you why…
(1) Arrogant people don’t win in personal relationships. No one wants to be friends with arrogant, self-seeking people.
(2) Men and women who are hungry for power are often lonely people.
(3) They think they possess the world, but actually the world possess them.
In contrast Jesus said that the “meek shall inherit the earth.” What Jesus is telling you and I, is that even in this broken world, those who are meek can find realistic peace and godly fulfillment, and reveal God to a hostile world.