Dinosaurs vs. Insects

Chic Broersma

READ : Matthew 11:25-30

Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth. (Matt. 5:5)

Napoleon once observed that “Jesus’ empire, built on love, survived, while kingdoms founded on force have toppled in swift ruin.” Those who belittle the meek should consider this: the dinosaurs that once dominated the earth have long since disappeared, while the tiny insects are still with us.

Meekness is not weakness. Jesus described himself as “meek and lowly in heart” (Matt. 11:29 KJV). Yet Jesus was the Lion of Judah and anything but weak. The meek are inwardly strong enough to be outwardly self-controlled. David demonstrated meekness when he prevented his swordsman from killing king Saul, who lay sleeping at his feet in a cave. Paul teaches in Galatians 5 that self-control (meekness) is one of the fruits of the Spirit. Do you practice it?

A businessman friend of mine one day discovered that an employee had defrauded him. He could charge him with embezzlement with the result of a probable prison term. He considered bringing the charge, but when he thought of what that would mean for the man’s future employment anywhere and of the humiliation it would bring to this father and his school-age children, he decided to offer a plan instead. The employee could pay him back over a number of years. The employee agreed to the plan but never did repay all he had stolen. To many, my friend would appear foolish, but by his action he demonstrated the character of the meek who “will inherit the earth.”

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, develop self-control in me.