As we look at the beatitudes, we see a progression that flows from poor in spirit to mourning then from meekness to seeking God. It all starts with humility. Humility that causes us to turn from our own sinfulness by comparing my sinfulness to God’s holiness then humility that causes me to look upward and seek to please God because how worthy he is.

Humble (Meek) – power under control. Man is certainly powerful and able to do many things on their own. God gave man creativity, ingenuity, and entrepreneur skills that enable us to forge ahead and gain success in the world. While all that is good none of our worldly success means anything when we pass into heaven. When we look to God and see how he is worthy of it all, it causes us to put ourselves in a position of submission and humility.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

Meekness is not weakness. Emotion out of control destroys and has no place in God’s kingdom. Meekness uses its resources appropriately. It also allows you to be the person you need to be to allow God to shape and mold you into the vessel he chooses. Self-sufficiency or pride leaves no room for change or transformation.

Meekness reminds me of this proverb. “Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape”.

We also see that it is only the meek that shall inherit the earth. When Jesus comes back and restores his kingdom it is only those who submit to his authority and leadership that will be able to rule in his new kingdom.