The Pastor’s Garage June 5th, 2020
June 5, 2020
I have a confession to make, it’s been quite awhile since I have
watched the news. It’s not because I want to keep my head in the sand and
be intentially ignorant of world issues! It’s just that after watching I
feel so powerless to make any real tangable difference and leave feeling
discouraged and disheartened! Facebook is almost worse! What was once a
site for sharing pictures of family or pets, or posts about vacations and
achievements, has become a site to air ones dirty laundry and express
various opinions and obviously biased news articles! The thing that bothers
me the most is when I see friends I personally know and love share what are
times hurtfull and intolerant posts or opinions.
Last night just before falling asleep I was stewing over the
seemingly worldwide growing intolerance, bitterness, and hatred that is
displayed daily on social media. Sadly in so many ways this has also crept
into the church. As I lay in bed the word meek came into my head and the
first thing I thought of was the beatitudes in Matt 5, “blessed are the
meek for they shall inherit the earth.” What does it mean to be meek?
Websters dictionary defines it as someone who is willing to go along with
whatever other people want them to do…..hmmm….that doesnt sound
particularily like something Jesus would instruct us to do…. As i did a
bit more studying I liked what wikipedia had for a biblical definition of
what it means to be meek. In light of biblical teaching meekness is an
attribute of human nature and behavior. It can be defined several ways;
righteous, humble, teachable, and patient under suffering, long suffering
willing to follow gospel teachings; it is a attribute of a true disciple.
The irony is that under the first definition basically all of humanity is
meek, we are all followers of someone! The difference is not in the meek
persons pattern, but in who they are willing to go along with or follow!
Are we following the world or Jesus? Do our opinions and actions model
those around us or our heavenly Father?
I will close this garage with a passage from the book of Psalms.
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act. He will bring
forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be
still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not yourself over
the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; its tends only to
evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord
shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek
shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” Psalms