“Lord when we are wrong, make us willing to change, and when we are right, make us easy to live with”
I love it.
Dr. Willard gives us a little prayer that is on a placard that he keeps handy. It is all about meekness, a habit of thought that is tough for most of us to have.
What happens when people think they have a “word” from God?
1.They think they are special.
2.More than special, they think they are righteous or morally right or justifiable in their actions, that God has shined a special light on them and they “know” the way.
3.Out of control pride can follow.
4.They can use their “connection” to God to get what they want from other people.
In short, they don’t know how to deal with the phenomenon of receiving a word from God. They don’t receive it gracefully. They don’t receive it with meekness.
Some of you reading this may be thinking about how you can get more direction from God? What is the key?
Dr. Willard says the way to connect with God is through the channel of meekness.
I have always read and heard that God’s will is the only thing that counts. When we pray, pray in God’s will. If a prayer request is in God’s will, it will be given to us. But how many of us are willing to let God steer the ship? How many of us are readily able to give God control? How many of us put ourselves last?
Our world shows daily, multiple, countless examples of putting ourselves first. Winning through intimidation. Put yourself first. If it feels good do it. Pulling your own strings. We revere the “self-made” man. If these expressions aren’t enough, the most popular thing to do with a cellphone today is take a “selfie”.
Meekness is not popular.
Dr. Willard quotes A. T. Pierson who says “meekness is a real preference for God’s will.” If you can develop a habit of meek thinking, you can become a regular receptacle of God’s word. Why? Because God’s will is uppermost on the meek person’s mind. Pierson goes on to say that the meek person let’s God “touch the scales” and let’s God make them sway the way He wants them to sway. “But our hands must be off the scales.”
We don’t have any preference. It is God’s preference that we want.
Some say that meekness is not a characteristic of the modern Christian but it has to be. How can we read our Bibles and relate to these three people in the Bible who are specifically described as being meek: Jesus (Matthew 11:29 and Matthew 21:5), Paul (2 Corinthians 10:1), and Moses (Number 12:3)? How can we say that the Living Word is not meaningful for us today? How can we just dismiss meekness as an old-fashioned notion that is no longer relevant?
It is too important.
Matthew 5:5 says “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
We can just ignore a statement like that?
I think not.
What do we do?
Pray for God to give you the ability to respond to others in meekness. Go against the world. Know that if the world had its way, the fruit of the spirit about meekness would be rewritten to “Blessed are the strong, for they can hold their own.” Realize that to be meek is to be able to show strength in the face of challenge, control in the face of chaos, and humility in the face of out-of-control pride.
Realize that you will become a person who knows God more than others and that is the greatest thing about meekness: the toughest holy habit to learn.