One problem with the English word meek is that it rhymes with weak, and people have linked the two words together for years. A popular dictionary offers a secondary definition of meek as â€œtoo submissive; easily imposed on; spineless; spiritless.â€ This causes some people to question why Jesus would say, â€œBlessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earthâ€ (Matt. 5:5).
Greek scholar W. E. Vine says that meekness in the Bible is an attitude toward God â€œin which we accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disputing or resisting.â€ We see this in Jesus who found His delight in doing the will of His Father.
Vine goes on to say that â€œthe meekness manifested by the Lord and commended to the believer is the fruit of power. . . . The Lord was â€˜meekâ€™ because He had the infinite resources of God at His command.â€ He could have called angels from heaven to prevent His crucifixion.
Jesus told His weary, burdened followers, â€œTake My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [meek] and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your soulsâ€ (Matt. 11:29). He was the perfect model of meekness.
When we are tired and troubled, Jesus invites us to discover the peace of meekly trusting Him.