News headlines often blaze with reports of bullies who respond to bullying—and the fear it places in their hearts--with deadly aggression. Disgruntled employees defend their personal honor by destroying the lives of others. Youth often employ the cruelty of technological bullying, effectively destroying spirits. Political candidates use media to destroy an opponents’ character instead of delineating plans. Social advocates denigrate one group of people in defense of another. Bullies often win battles, but Jesus promises the blessing of inheritance to the meek.
Meekness is the direct opposite of bullying. Bullies use their strength to demand their way; meek souls contain their strength allowing God to have His way. The bully appears to win but the reality is far different. Christ promises that meek hearts inherit the earth…meekness delivers everything the Creator intended in the Garden of Eden!
Wisdom calls us to give up the foolishness of bullying for the promised blessing of meekness. For children of God, it is imperative we embrace the beauty of a meek spirit. God has entrusted His spirit—His power to us. Scripture tells us that our ‘joy is in the strength of the Lord.’ When we rely on our own opinions or preferences—take joy in our own predilections, we waste His strength! Joy and strength are companions to the will of God. The meek spirit rejoices in the truth that the love of the Father filters all that comes our way. Strength flows from the joy of knowing an all-powerful, loving God is in control. The key to receiving the blessing of meekness is confessing our pride and embracing the sovereignty of God. Meek hearts obtain the victories bullies demand.