Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
In the Beatitudes, Jesus told us:
Matthew 5:5 (KJV);
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
We are all familiar with that, I am sure, but not as many are familiar with the Old Testament passage that reflects the same thing:
Psalms 37:11 (KJV);
But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
When we find things repeated in scripture, we should pay particular attention to them; they are being emphasized for a reason! The case with expressing the importance of being meek is no exception. This is a very important concept, although not a widely followed one. As human beings, we cannot understand how meekness is going to inherit the earth. In our natural state, we believe in physical strength. We believe in arms and armies. We believe in craft and cunning. We believe in energy, will, and perseverance. We believe in things. We believe in matter. We believe in influencing our fellowmen, working upon them by threats, by pain, by fear. There are few people on this earth who believe that a humble man is being used in the strongest possible manner. Most people cannot accept the idea that his humility shows that he is governed by a higher nature. They cannot conceive that an attitude of meekness is in perfect accord with the divine, which is dwelling in that meek one as a result of his new birth in Christ. In saying that the meek shall inherit the earth, the Psalmist declares the fact that this is the potential accomplishment of the man who is walking near to God. In saying the same thing, Christ declares that this is the potential accomplishment of the person who is indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
True strength lies not in boisterous bravado and macho declarations. True strength is reflected in the motto of my Tai Kwan Do school:
Isaiah 30:15 (KJV);
“in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength”
May God bless each one of you, guys - -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.