Blessed are the meek

When my nephew, Brady, passed away on May 5, 1997, at 16 months of age, God showed Himself so mighty and real and present in a myriad of ways – one of which being in the words of Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

You can watch my testimony video on YouTube for a deeper explanation of God’s great ministry through this great tragedy.  (My nephew’s story is told from about the 16-minute to 23-minute mark, if you don’t have time to watch the entire thing right now)

For 21 years now, Matthew 5:4 has been a very special verse for me.  But, this year, on May 5, the anniversary of Brady’s death, I decided to do a little study into Matthew 5:5 which reads, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”  Initially I didn’t see any relevance in this passage to Brady’s death, but as I continued to search and study and meditate on this verse, I’d like to share with you what I’ve found.

That word, “meek,” is the Greek word praÿs (Strong’s G4239).  It is an adjective meaning, “mildness of disposition, gentleness of spirit.”  On BlueLetterBible.com they have a feature called “Outline of Biblical Usage” for many of their Greek words.

Meekness toward God is that disposition of spirit in which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting. In the OT, the meek are those wholly relying on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Thus, meekness toward evil people means knowing God is permitting the injuries they inflict, that He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time (Isaiah 41:17, Luke 18:1-8). Gentleness or meekness is the opposite to self-assertiveness and self-interest. It stems from trust in God’s goodness and control over the situation. The gentle person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will (Galatians 5:23).

God had indeed comforted my sister, in giving her a second son just one short day before her older son’s passing … and even more so by sending her His Holy Spirit to be her eternal comforter …

But, God has also given her the ability to be meek, to learn to rely wholly on Him, trusting in His perfect goodness and His control over every situation, accepting His dealings with us as good.  Praise His Name.  And Thank Him for His living and active and true and good Word.

TWIG

But at Your Word

How often do we toil all night, like Peter did, and catch no fish?

And how often do we not want to listen to the Lord because we’ve already been toiling so much and we’re worn out from all our striving?

Friends, as we cast all our cares on Him, as we take up our cross and follow Him, as we take His yoke upon our own shoulders and learn from Him, we can be co-laborers with God. Wow!

I pray we would all remember what a great privilege and responsibility it is to be laborers in the Harvest. I pray we would also remember that He is the crew chief, the great Shepherd, the Lord and King over the harvest. He is who tells us where to go and He is ultimately who causes the fruit to grow and the fish to fill the nets.

TWIG

Words of Gold

Yesterday afternoon I enjoyed a “Family Lunch” with many in my church family. At the lunch I was visiting with my new friend, Dean Nicholson. She was sharing how she felt that God’s word was a treasure.

It reminded me of Psalm 119:11 that I have hidden (stored up) God’s word in my heart that I might not sin against him.

As I’m meditating more on this, consider the words of Psalm 19:7-10 (ESV)

“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;

the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;

the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;

the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;

the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Then I was having some rest time and reading a book by Mark Cahill titled, “The Watchmen.” It is a super encouraging, and convicting, read. He wrote,

“People traveled all across America to get to the West Coast for the Gold Rush, but would you walk two steps over to your bookcase and crack open the eternal Word of God which is more precious than gold?”

Which reminded me of Luke 16:13,

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

How often are we choosing the pursuit of money over the pursuit of God?

To be honest, I don’t think I’m often caught by the money bug. For me, I’m more often caught by the fear of man and by simple selfishness.

Which reminds me of God’s word to the angel of the church in Laodicea, in Revelation 3:15-21

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

I give thanks to God for inviting me to His table and I look forward to that day when I will be honored to sit with Him at His throne, but in the meantime I want to be about my Father’s business of making disciples. And I can only do that if I am faithful to His Word, myself.

If I speak in the tongue of men and of angels (1 Corinthians 13)

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love …
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love …
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love …

For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been teaching our children’s Sunday school class from 1 Corinthians 13.  I pray you would be blessed by these precious children!

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