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The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit

August 4, 2012 | 0 comments

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matt. 5:5.

There are two types of calmness in this world. There is the calmness of the stagnant pool and the calmness of the deep ocean. The first is quiet because it has nothing to say; the other, because it doesn't feel the need to say it. The second calmness is the glorious one. Divine meekness doesn't speak because it's empty, but because it's so full. Why is it that we admire the meekness of Jesus Christ? There are millions of quiet people in the world that do not strive or cry. Yet they are not Divine. Why did Christ's own meekness make Him great? Because in Him I find the calm that I would have, but do not posses. A calmness which does not exist because it needs to, but because it is. That beneath the silent surface of Christ's divine life, there are depths innumerable, voices unspeakable, feelings unfathomable, and powers immeasurable. I know instinctively that no man takes His life from Him; He had power to lay it down, and had power to take it again. I know that if He desired such, He could bring His legions, and turn Gethsemane into Sinai; change the calm into a storm. I reverence the strength that did not do it.

So the believer looks at Christ's power of meekness, and bows before that marvelous strength. More amazed at His cross than His crown. To the believer, Christ seems greater in what He gave up, than what He possessed. Because His glory was in His shame; His majesty is His self-surrender; His King-hood is His servant-hood; His power to rule in His power to bear. That without complaining, He took the sins of all His people. His gentleness made Him great; His meekness made Him inherited the earth.

Your servant in Christ,