Sunday, 7 January 2018

With meekness

Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.  – Zephaniah 2.3

Meekness is not a trait we hear a lot about today. In this self-absorbed and self-obsessed world virtues that are admired tend to be strength and forwardness and being our front and boldness and self-assurance and even pushiness.

But meekness? Not so much. Meekness is seen as weakness and being less of ‘a man’ and being soft and wimpy. Meekness is mocked in a world that says there is not even such a thing as right and wrong.

God, on the other hand, places a high value on meekness. The meek, after all, are going to inherit the earth. Moses was praised for his meekness, as was Christ Himself.

Zephaniah told the people to seek the Lord with meek spirits. He went to tell them to seek that meekness in their lives. It is too easy to turn to God and seek Him with an ‘I’m sorry God, but…’ attitude. When we confess our sin and repent and turn to Him there is no attitude but a meek and humble and contrite spirit.

God says in Isaiah that He is the ‘high and lofty One’ who inhabits eternity. He also says there that He dwells with those of a humble and contrite spirit.

When we sin and wander and turn away from our God it is good to know that He has not gone anywhere. He is ready receive us when we come to Him in meekness and humility.

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