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Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5
This was a hard week, and words failed me. The circumstances of those around me grieved me deeply and reminded me of my own pain. Temptations to question God’s plan, goodness, love, and justice filled my thoughts.
Just last week, I was reading Kay Arthur’s words on meekness. She defines meekness as “humble submission to the will of the Father.” The meek person is one who says, “Yet not what I will, but what you will (Mark 14:36)” and “bows before the throne and realizes that the God who sits upon that throne is an all-wise God.”
Do you see the level of trust in God’s sovereignty that defines a meek person?
Meekness means I trust in God’s sovereignty, no matter what is happening around me or to me. I actively fill my mind with the truths of His word. I place my hope and joy in His promises.
Yet, Pain Remains
Yet, questions still flow through my mind. My flesh and spirit wrestle with doubts and anger.
Meekness doesn’t mean that I do not know or understand pain.
“God [Jesus] wanted God’s [the Father’s] will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, even though in that dark moment, God [Jesus] wished in body and soul that God’s [the Father’s] will could be done another way.” – Not My Will Be Done at Desiring God
I desperately wish that the losses of this past week did not happen. Trials fill this broken world, but, in the pain, I can look to Christ. He understands every groaning of my heart.
In your anger over injustice, see the sinless Christ beaten and killed. Hear His words again, “Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
When the pain seems unbearable, see the Son be forsaken by the Father. “Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Whether you are hurting because of what you see in the world or what you have personally experienced, turn to your Heavenly Father today. Humbly submit yourself to His will, as Christ, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2b)