March 1, 2011

A Forgotten Attitude

Meekness has been on my mind. defines meekness as "patient, long-suffering, or submissive in disposition or nature; humble" (I'm a fan of the dictionary.)

What does it mean to be patient, long-suffering, and submissive in the face of death? Humble before what we deem is "unfair" and "undeserving"? and WHY should we be meek? I blogged about the "why me?" attitude on my personal blog, but I wanted to highlight the benefits of meekness and submission, according to God's word:

The Lord spoke clearly with Moses, a man who was "very meek, more than all the people who were on the face of the earth." (Numbers 12:3) I believe it was his humility that made Moses a friend of God.

In Psalm 37:11 and Matthew 5:5, it promises that the meek inherit the earth, and delight in abundant peace. If we accept everything as grace toward us, would we not experience more peace?

Isaiah 29:19 promises that the "meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD," 

The meek understand that they are the creations; not the Creator. They yield their pride and self importance before God. They place complete trust in God as our Sovereign, and choose to believe in His ability to make all things beautiful, when it seems like an unforgivable mess to the world. 

I want to be have abundant peace and fresh joy. I want to lift my eyes up from myself, from what I think I deserve or don't deserve, and in humility talk "mouth to mouth" with the Lord. (Numbers 12:8) To share with Him about my sadness, my longing for my daughter, my sense of betrayal; but eagerly ask Him for a new set of eyes that can see more clearly the tapestry that He's weaving in my life, and a heart that is meek and faithful to Him, that trusts that He is good.

1 comment:

  1. I think we can all have this attitude with God and with others around us, when someone doesn't say the correct words that help us as grieving Mommies we can still respond with a patient attitude. Oh so many times I have wanted to respond with a snide comment or right back with a rude comment but instead
    1 Peter 3:9 Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.